Symptoms of ADHD, Autism, Hyperactivity, Asthma, Rashes, Recurring Colds, Headaches/Migraines, Eczema, Anxiety, Depression, Learning Delays, Restlessness, Difficulty Concentrating, Fighting with Siblings, Sleeping Problems, Irritability, Tantrums, Grumpiness, Irritable Bowel, Bedwetting, Motor and Verbal Tics and many more, in children and adults, can be the result of a food intolerance reaction to food additives.

Symptoms can be improved or eliminated by avoiding some additives, and in extreme cases, reducing natural food chemicals such as salicylates, amines and glutamates.  By making simple changes to your diet and the products you purchase, you can bring wellness to your family, school or workplace.  

Nasty additives can be found in many products from sugary treats such as lollies and soft drinks, to healthy foods such as yoghurts and dips.

Are you sick of being sick, tired of being tired, had enough of mediating arguments between your kids (or adult friends)?  You are not alone!  Statistics show Australians suffer from many conditions such as asthma, ADHD, mental health problems etc and we believe symptoms of these conditions can be improved by avoiding nasty additives in your diet.

According to the ABS Australian Health Survey 2011-13:

  • 2.3 million Australians suffered from symptoms of asthma
  • 1 in 8 children aged under 15 years (12%) reported as having asthma as a long-term health condition
  • 25% of hospitalisations for 1-14 year olds is due to respiratory disease (eg asthma, bronchitis, common cold, pneumonia)
  • 3 million Australians reported to having a mental or behavioural condition
  • Around 1 in 10 adults experienced high to very high levels of psychological distress (ie nervousness, agitation, psychological fatigue and depression)

Other sources show that:

  • 1 in 10 children aged 5-16 years old have a clinically diagnosed mental disorder (including depression, anxiety, ADHD, Autism, behaviour problems)
  • 10% of the Australian population have a language learning disability
  • 6.8% of children in Australia are diagnosed with ADHD
  • About 5% of 10 year olds in Victoria regularly wet their bed.

And these statistics don’t include the children (and adults) who have never been diagnosed or are “on the borderline” of a diagnosis.


There are hundreds of additives approved for use in food in Australia.  About 50 of these additives are known to cause health, behaviour and learning problems, as recommended by the Food Intolerance Network, the RPAH Allergy Unit and us at Additive Education.

Artificial – 102 tartrazine; 104 quinoline yellow; 107 yellow 2G; 110 sunset yellow; 122 azorubine, carmoisine; 123 amaranth; 124 ponceau, brilliant scarlet; 127 erythrosine; 128 red 2G; 129 allura red; 132 indigotine, indigo carmine; 133 brilliant blue; 142 green S, food green, acid brilliant green; 151 brilliant black; 155 brown, chocolate brown
Natural – 160b annatto, bixin, norbixin

200-203 sorbic acid, potassium & calcium sorbates
210-213 benzoic acid, sodium, potassium & calcium benzoates
220-228 sulphur dioxide, all sulphites, bisulphites, metabisulphites
249-252 all nitrates & nitrites
280-283 propionic acid, sodium, potassium & calcium propionates

310-312 all gallates
319-321 TBHQ, BHA butylated hydroxyanisole, BHT butylated hydroxytoluene

620-625 glutamic acid and all glutamates, includes MSG monosodium glutamate 621
627 disodium guanylate
631 disodium inosinate
635 ribonucleotides
Yeast extract, HVP HPP hydrolysed vegetable or plant protein


951 aspartame (Nutrasweet, Equal)

(Click here to download Additives to Avoid PDF)


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