Organic roadshow is food for thought

ORGANIC food can be a potent weapon in the war against children's behavioural problems, according to a Coffs Coast food expert.

Food Intolerance Network founder, Sue Dengate, said knowing 'what not to eat' particularly affects children.

“Food has changed dramatically since processing became widespread in the 1970s, with the use of additives and preservatives rising even in 'healthy' foods like bread and juice,” Mrs Dengate said.

“These ingredients are now being linked to serious behavioural problems in children.”

These include hyperactivity, decreased attention and concentration levels, mood swings and sleeping problems.

Mrs Dengate said organic food provides a system which prohibits the culprits, with research showing the removal of additives resulted in 60 per cent of a class of six-year-olds showing better behaviour, co-operation and sleeping patterns.

“What is not commonly realised is that there are 50 additives that have been associated with children's behavioural problems which are not permitted under the Biological Farmers of Australia (BFA) organic standard,” she said.

“If organic standards were adopted as mandatory tomorrow, all the current problems we're experiencing from additives would theoretically disappear.”

Mrs Dengate will spill the bag on food ingredients at the BFA organic roadshow in Coffs Harbour next Saturday.

The roadshow is on November 29 at the Coffs Harbour Racing Club from 8.30am to 3.30pm.

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