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Does food affect child's behavior?


Asked by Anonymous at 8:01 PM on Nov. 18, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • Absolutely. Did you know that your body can be highly sensitive to a food but not have a traditional allergic reaction? If your body doesn't have the proper enzymes, then it may be unable to fully break down the protein in certain foods. This protein then enters the blood stream whole sending your immune system on full alert. This can wreck all sorts of havoc on your body causing mood swings, make you feel spacy and high, or extremely irritable & depressed, even suicidal. Artificial dyes & flavors are made from coal tar and petroleum. Our bodies were not meant to process these as a food source.

    The research on diet & behavior has been out there for over 40 years. Dr Feingold published a book in 1974 on hyperactivity & diet. Dr Rapp is another popular environmental allergist. Check out the vidoes on her site.

    However, how much money would the food & drug industries lose if we believed it?

    Answer by motherofhope98 at 8:39 AM on Nov. 19, 2009

  • It can yes.
    Many kids get cranky when they are hungry. A high protein snack often snaps them back into shape.
    Some kids have trouble with dyes. This is usually the red and yellow.
    Some kids have bad reactions to sugar. They get an energy burst, then they crash, get cranky, and stay cranky until they begin the cycle again.
    There's a bunch more too, those were just the ones I could think of off the top of my head.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:04 PM on Nov. 18, 2009

  • Watch the high fructise Corn syrup in your foods as well, I just startd doing this with my kids
    Some brands are removing it from there ingredients. it is in everything though so you really have to search. skippy peanut butter has the natural or organic, Bread - Arnold or Natures pride and strohmens have some options. Nesquick chocolate syrup instead of hersheys, Danimals crush cups instead of Gogurts.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:24 PM on Nov. 18, 2009

  • Some kids, yes. I know a lot of kids have problems with hyperactivity when they have sugar, but that's not the case with my daughter. There is sugar in the Yo-Baby yogurt that she likes, but she doesn't get hyper after having some.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:37 PM on Nov. 18, 2009

  • is the yo baby organic?

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:43 PM on Nov. 18, 2009

  • Absolutely! And not just kids, adults can have problems with different foods affecting their behaviors, too. Food is the fuel for our body engine, so if you're putting the wrong kind of fuel into your engine, what happens? It doesn't work right, well or at all.

    For some kids (and adults!), certain foods can make them hyper, spacey, lethargic, moody, goofy &/or have body rashes, aches & pains. Artificial foods tend to be the biggest culprits (eg. flavorings, colorings & preservatives), as are "frankenfoods" (eg. genetically modified or otherwise chemically altered "natural" HFCS). But some unadulterated, completely natural & organic foods can have nasty effects too, especially those our bodies were never designed to eat so much of, such as animal fats, dairy & gluten.

    The more simple your diet, the less of a chance that you will react to something you are eating, develop food allergies or develop an illness.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:32 PM on Nov. 18, 2009

  • Yes, I believe various foods do.
    Certain dyes and additives are not good for their little bodies, processed foods are not good for them, frequent meals that are full of fat and oils are not good, foods high in sodium and sugar is definitely not good.
    Many parents of children who have ADHD will find that by changing their diet and limiting many of their food choices their child's behavior will improve greatly.

    Answer by PrydferthMenyw at 7:57 AM on Nov. 19, 2009

  • Some kids, some foods

    Answer by rkoloms at 11:06 AM on Nov. 19, 2009