Sunday, January 16, 2011

Is lunch to blame for student behavior?, Jan. 12, 2011

According to the Feingold Association’s research, many schools in the United States serve a stew of synthetic chemicals (most of them made from petroleum) that have been shown to trigger behavior, learning and health problems. Not only are these factory foods overpriced, they are responsible for many of the troubling symptoms that are so expensive for schools to address, Hersey said. In 1979-1983, when the New York City school system removed additives like food dyes and artificial flavors, they found that test scores of all the students rose from the 39th to the 55th percentile.

Schools can continue to use processed foods if they want, but simply switch to those versions that don’t have the Red 40, Yellow 5 and other petrochemicals, the director suggests. They don’t need to buy meat dishes that are loaded with high fructose corn syrup and MSG.

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