Additive-free trials in schools

Sue and Howard Dengate have run two-week trials of additive-free eating in three NSW primary schools Palmer's Island (2005), Cooma North (2007) and Nana Glen (2007).

The results surprised the teachers, pupils and parents, and indeed ourselves. The results we saw equalled those reported in a similar trial in the UK: the parents of 60% of the children said their children had improved in behaviour, cooperation and sleeping. Teachers reported that up to 90% of the children improved in behaviour, perhaps due to the reduced disruption in the class from those directly affected by food additives.

Information has been collected into resources for schools available on this website:

Eating for Success! – the Palmer's Island program (with recipes, tips and teacher resources)

Schools go low-additive (an Honour Roll of schools around the world who have seen these effects)

Eating to Win! (an eating plan for sporting teams)

Healthy choice school canteens (resources for parents and schools)

The Eating for Success Booklet for avoiding additives in schools

Palmer's Island video (larger 3Mb version)