What's Hiding in Your Kid's Food?

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Sodium benzoate is added to soft drinks in particular and has been linked to hyperactivity, particularly in children who suffer from ADHD. Also, when vitamin C is present, the combination results in benzene, a known carcinogen. Trans fats are a known "bad guy" in foods, but trace amounts can be present in foods that are labeled "trans fat-free." Look in the ingredient list for any partially hydrogenated oil - if you find it, then that means the food does contain trans fat. Growth hormones and antibiotics, which help cows produce more milk and prevent infections, are present in non-organic dairy products. Excessive growth hormones can lead to certain types of cancer, and the earlier rate of puberty in children has been attributed to growth hormones, also known as rBGH. Look for organic milk or those labeled "hormone-free." Stick with whole foods that have minimal processing to make the best choices for your kids.