As part of the Channel 4 programme The Food Programme “Kids special” a GP and dietician
investigated traditional party food to see if sausage rolls, cakes, crisps and fizzy
drinks “really send kids wild”.
They held 2 parties, one where the children were given healthy food and a second
where the children were given traditional party food including brightly coloured
cakes, sweets and fizzy drinks.
When they tested the children’s behaviour, those at the first party had: 0 mean behaviours
to other children; 8 aggressive behaviours; 120 bad behaviour incidents; 30 hyperactive
incidents. Those at the second had 69 mean behaviours to other children; 63 aggressive
incidents; 720 bad behaviour incidents; 163 hyperactive incidents.
Those in the healthy food group did 48% better at puzzles and motor skills than those
in the additive group. Even the GP and the Dietician were surprised at the scale
of difference it made to the children.