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Apr 4, 2024

Did you know that certain artificial flavors and colors could be influencing your child's behavior and focus? In this episode of the Soaring Child podcast, we dive into the world of artificial flavors and colors. 

Have you ever wondered why these synthetic additives are everywhere in our food? From why manufacturers prefer them over natural options to their significant impact on kids with ADHD, we're uncovering it all in this week’s episode.

This is a conversation every family navigating ADHD needs to hear. We also explore the types of products most likely to contain these additives, arming you with the knowledge to make informed choices at the grocery store.


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Key Takeaways:

[3:52] What are artificial flavors and colors, and why are they so prevalent in our food?

[9:19] Why do manufacturers use artificial flavors instead of the real thing?

[9:54] How artificial flavors & colors can affect kids with ADHD

[16:40] What types of products have artificial flavors and colors in them?

[24:07] How to avoid artificial flavors and colors

[25:01] Brands that often avoid artificial flavors and colors


Memorable Moments:

“For families of kids with ADHD, understanding the potential impact of these artificial ingredients is crucial in managing symptoms and promoting a more balanced and focused state of mind.”

”Artificial colors, also known as food dyes, are chemical substances developed in laboratories. They're used in a wide array of foods to enhance appearance, making them more visually appealing.”

”Artificial flavors, similar to artificial colors, are chemical compounds created in laboratories.”

“Unlike natural flavors that are derived from actual food sources, artificial flavors are synthesized to mimic natural tastes. These flavors are engineered to replicate the taste of fruits, nuts, spices, and other natural foods.”

“Artificial flavors are often complex mixtures of numerous chemicals.”

”Here are some common terms indicating artificial flavors or colors: Artificial Flavors, Artificial Colors, Synthetic Flavors, Artificial Flavoring Substances, Synthetic Food Coloring.”

”Studies have illuminated a concerning link between artificial additives and ADHD symptoms.”

”In Britain, food is made with real ingredients, while in America, chemicals are often added with no warning label. This needs to change. American consumers deserve the same consideration as those outside the USA.”

”When chemicals are added to food, we should be informed. It's baffling that the United States continues to allow ingredients that are not even food, contributing to staggering health issues.”

”Artificial flavors and colors are everywhere. Even a lot of things that are clear or white in color have dyes or flavors in them.”

”My best tip is to eat fewer processed foods as these additives are always in processed foods and to read those labels.”

“My rule of thumb is, if you can’t pronounce an item, put that item back on the shelf. The shorter the ingredient list, the better.”

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International Best Selling Book, Thriving with ADHD – 

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