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Combining Food Additives Could Harm Nervous System, Study Says

Posted Dec 18 2008 8:13pm

If a child consumes foods that combine common food additives, doing so could interfere with the development of the nervous system, according to a new report, Food Navigator/Europe reported.

This is scary news, especially given that many kids down processed foods galore containing multiple additives.

Indeed, the findings raise major some concerns about the health implications that result from kids eating low-quality, additive-filled foods.

Researchers at the Univerity of Liverpool -- whose report was published in the journal Toxicological Sciences -- looked at what happened when the food coloring brilliant blue (E133) was combined with monosodium glutamate (MSG; E621) and the coloring quinoline yellow (E951) was combined with the sweetener aspartame (E951).

According to the results, "when these additives were combined in levels similar to those consumed in a typical children's snack and drink, they stunted the growth of nerve cells in mice, interfering with proper signalling functions," Food Navigator explained.

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