Soy can be found in most processed foods nowadays, from infant formula to bread. While this so-called “health food” has been linked to several health ailments, the problem with soy here is that fact that it is extremely high in manganese. Though an essential nutrient, when consumed in excess, manganese becomes a potent neurotoxin. Mounting evidence shows that excessive exposure to manganese increases the risk of neurological problems, learning disabilities, developmental disorders, mental health disorders, and ADHD.
Aspartame has been linked to an array of emotional and behavioral disorders. High levels of aspartame can alter serotonin levels, which can lead to behavioral problems, anxiety, and other emotional disorders. In some studies, the side effects were so severe that doctors were forced to prematurely end the studies.
MSG (monosodium glutamate) is an excitotoxin, a type of neurotoxin that essentially excites your brain cells to death. It has profound effects on the mood and behavior of children in particular. According to neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, author of Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, MSG crosses the blood/brain barrier and can cause the developing nerve fibers to be miswired.
MSG is found in most fast foods as well as processed meats, frozen meals, soup mixes, salad dressings and many other processed foods. Unfortunately, there are numerous pseudonyms for MSG that may appear on ingredient labels that you need to look out for: hydrolyzed protein, autolyzed yeast, sodium caseinate.
Sources and further reading
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks
- The New York Times, F.D.A. Panel to Consider Warnings for Artificial Food Colorings
- Science, Behavioral responses to artificial food colors
- Center for Science in the Public Interest’s Petition to Ban the Use of Yellow 5 and Other Food Dyes
- FitDay, 5 reasons aspartame is bad for you
- Dr. Mercola, What’s In That? How Food Affects Your Behavior
- Dr. Mercola, Warning: Please Avoid Feeding This to Your Child
- University of Maryland Medical Center, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
- About, Can a Gluten-Free Diet Help You Manage Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?