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Food Additives And Children's Behavior

Among the many factors that shape the lives of our children, nutrition often plays a critical role. Did you know that, on average, 30% of the food in a typical American diet is processed? Usually, this means these foods lack real nutritional value and have to be enriched to compensate for vitamin and mineral loss.

Unfortunately such enrichments, including those that extend the life of food as well as their coloring, have the potential to cause more harm than good, especially for developing brains and young bodies. Some studies show that food coloring has an adverse effect on the nervous system. The liver cannot break down these chemicals and they affect our neurotransmitters and eventually our thinking ability.

When food additives are added to natural foods, physical and behavioral problems can occur. As a result, many parents of hyperactive children are told to eliminate food colorings in their children’s diet. Other common additives to watch out for include preservatives, artificial sweeteners, and caffeine. Preservatives are found in all processed foods and even in some food labeled “natural,” (but not at Service Foods). The more food additives and preservatives we get on a daily basis, the more our liver has to detoxify.

What children eat during their growing years has a great effect on the way they think, learn and act. Many studies have found that children with higher intakes of antioxidants, B vitamins and minerals do better in school than those children whose diets are lower in these nutrients.

Fortunately, as our customers, you have a wide variety of foods that contain no additives or preservatives. All of our beef, veal, lamb, pork, poultry and seafood are natural and contain no artificial preservatives or food additives. Also, our vegetables are all natural or organic. We’re proud of our products not only because they’re delicious and healthy for you, but because they’re so much better for your children.


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