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Sodium Benzoate and Jake

I caught myself feeling bum-fuzzled as I sat at the table trying to proceed with school while my son bounced, wriggled, and chirped loudly for several minutes. He’s a boy so he is very active, but this was different from his normal rambunctiousness. I had noticed this a few days before but couldn’t really put my finger on what it was. And it hit me. Like a 2×4 between the eyes. SYRUP! JoJo (my little chef) had made us the most wonderful pancakes for breakfast, and I had made sausage to compliment her dish. My son covered his in syrup as usual, and gobbled them down.

I know you’re thinking about blaming the sugar in the syrup, but my kids can handle sugar. I know how my kids act with sugar in their systems, and this ‘ain’t it’. It was more than that. So I read the back of the bottle of store-brand syrup and two words stood out to me – why I don’t know – was it divine intervention? Maybe. Or maybe I had just read it before and forgotten. Those two words were SODIUM BENZOATE.

Store brand syrup – unhealthy, I know – but didn’t realize it had this effect on my son

I Googled ‘sodium benzoate, kids’. And I realized this could possibly be a major problem for my son {and well, all of us}. From what I read it’s especially a problem when combined with food dyes  and Vitamin C or Citric Acid, or… so many other things. This stuff is in TOOTHPASTE, MEDICINES, RELISH, PEPPERS, SALAD DRESSING, FRUIT JUICE, SODAS, CONDIMENTS…

I know the web is full of conspiracy theorists and crazy super duper health nuts, and while I don’t know that I can be counted with either, I saw evidence of a problem with my child and I have a suspicion that SODIUM BENZOATE is a major culprit.

Research it for yourself, see how it affects your kid. Try to cut it out. It’s not terribly difficult, but it is something to watch for. I found it in my cabinets/fridge in the relish, syrup (of course), & salad dressing – so far. The search continues.

While my son has been tested for ADD/ADHD he passed the test and is just a normal little boy, or so they say. {winky, winky}. This list helped me begin to see that there’s a place to start {from healthychild.org – link below}. I copied this list into a notepad app on my phone so that I’ll always have it to refer to while out. Maybe you could try that as well.

If your child is hyperactive or has ADHD and you’d like to try eliminating these potential triggers, here’s are the artificial food dyes to look out for:

  • Yellow #6
  • Yellow #5
  • Sodium Benzoate
  • Red #40
  • Red #3
  • Orange B
  • Green #3
  • Blue #2
  • Blue #1
From my research I’ve discovered basically we just need to eat at home and grow as much of our own foods as possible. This article HOW FOOD COMPANIES EXPLOIT AMERICANS WITH INGREDIENTS BANNED IN OTHER COUNTRIES will scare the pants off of you when it comes to the crazy stuff we as Americans are being fed, and businesses are advertising as “safe” for our families! You might just start a garden today after reading it.
We’ve all just got to try to do the best for our families. Understanding the problem and where it stems from is just the beginning. Hopefully this article can help you find a place to start. Thanks for reading!
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ABOUT CORNBREAD MAMA

Living on a small family farm in the Southeast Cornbread Mama enjoys sharing about her life. Between being the wife of a cowboy, homeschooling mom to boy/girl twins, artist, and Christ-follower praying for a simple life in this crazy world Cornbread Mama finds comfort in writing about her family adventures here on the farm surrounded by 18 cows and calves, 2 donkeys, 3 dogs, and 9 chickens. So pull up a rocker and sit a spell.

2 Comments

  1. Awesome article!! I recently have found a link with my son’s behaviour and sodium benzoate as well. It was refreshing to read your point of view that your kiddo isn’t affected by sugar as much as the dyes and sodium benzoate – it’s the same in our house.

  2. Awesome article!! I recently have found a link with my son’s behaviour and sodium benzoate as well. It was refreshing to read your point of view that your kiddo isn’t affected by sugar as much as the dyes and sodium benzoate – it’s the same in our house.

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