An influential group of pediatricians is warning that common food additives may pose a danger to children.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is concerned that chemicals used in food colorings, preservatives, and packaging may interfere with kids' growth and development.
The group is calling for more rigid testing and regulation of these additives and is urging families to cut down on processed foods.
The chemicals causing the most* concern are nitrates used to preserve meat as well as BPA and phthalates, which is used in metal cans and plastic packaging.
A new AAP policy statement finds that some common food additives can interfere with a child’s hormones, growth, and development, and even lead to obesity. AAP offers tips for parents on avoiding these chemicals, with an urgent call for regulatory reforms. http://t.co/VUPOK6AEA2
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