Foods That Negatively Affect Your Child’s Mood

Foods That Negatively Affect Your Child’s Mood

While riding on the rollercoaster of life, we often forget to stop and analyse the food we are giving to our children. Today, 90 per cent of children are said to be are suffering from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Syndrome). The signs and symptoms of this disorder manifest themselves through episodes of hyperactivity and moodiness alternatively. Let us take a look at some foods which can affect your child’s mood in a negative way.

Food With Added Sugar
Sugar, as we know is the main culprit of ADHD in kids. Food manufacturers tend to add extra sugar in many of the foods kids love. A few examples include jams, sauces, packaged drinks, rusk, milk powders, packaged juice powders, chocolates, cream biscuits, and almond mixes.

Artificially Coloured Snacks And Sweets
Children are always attracted to colourful snacks. Be aware of the hidden danger behind attractively coloured snacks and sweets available in the market today. A few examples include candy, jujubes, macaroni, colourful icing, cream on pastries, sodas, ice sticks, lollipops or marshmallows.

The above foods have been linked to certain behavioural disorders in children like anxiety, hyperactivity, headache, childhood obesity, diabetes and stroke at later stages of life.

Additives In Food
Substances such as MSG(monosodium glutamate), a flavour enhancing and addictive substance, commonly used in foods, causes mood swings and behavioural changes, hyperactivity, headaches and many other health conditions. Sodium benzoate is also a dangerous product that affects a child’s development gradually over a period of time.

To increase the shelf life of foods and to enhance taste, food manufacturers add more salt to the food they prepare. Foods such as packaged chips, processed and canned foods, cookies, sauces and French fries among others are loaded with salt. Excess salt causes severe mood imbalances, kidney disorders, hypertension, obesity, osteoporosis, stroke and epilepsy in later stages or in adulthood.

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