I thought I'd share with you a recent experience I had with my son, when overnight my gorgeous, fun loving, cheeky little man turned into an absolute monster, having tantrums left right and centre. Not his usual 2 year old tantrums but full-on aggressive, angry and really scary tantrums, it was like the devil had taken him over. He was really irritable, he couldn't sit still and wasn't listening to anything I said, he was throwing things all the time and just being grumpy, angry and outright horrible. After a few days of this I started to think that is was something more than the usual 'milestone' / wonderweek stuff, it was really disturbing, not to mention very difficult to deal with. Anyway to cut a long story short I started to think if he was eating anything that he didn't normally eat that might have caused him to behave like this. I remember that I had just changed the brand and type of cracker that he eats for his snack. On closer investigation of the ingredients of this biscuit and a bit of google work (thanks to the Fed Up website) we found it had vegetable oil with antioxidant 319 in it, which can cause irritability, learning difficulties and children's behavioural problems! Bingo! That had to be it; it was the only thing that we could think of that was new in his life that could make him change so dramatically, so quickly. So those biscuits (Ritz sticks for your information) went straight in the bin and my lovely little boy returned, just like that - his nice behaviour returned as quickly as the horrible behaviour arrived. I couldn't quite believe that something so small could have such a big impact. It was amazing and very disturbing.

Anyway after this experience I became intrigued in food additives and frantically began reading and researching and quite frankly I couldn't quite believe what I was reading. I have always been pretty careful with the food I feed my kids and try to have minimal or no processed food in the house but I am disturbed to find that these antioxidant additives (and other nasty additives) are added to things that you would think would be pretty harmless and healthy, like crackers, bread, yoghurt and butter/margarine.

I've never really been keen on being obsessed with reading food labels but this experience was so powerful that for the sake of the health and wellbeing of our family we have now gone additive free and it is hard to describe just how much it has changed our lives. Generally speaking things are better all round, we're less irritable, there's less niggling and nagging, and less frustration and shouting, our household is so much calmer and happier. Also I have noticed that both of my boys skin has improved dramatically, they have always suffered from eczema, not badly but enough for it to noticeable, three weeks into being additive free it has almost cleared up completely, it certainly can't be a coincidence!!!

Even though it was a terrible week to live through in a way I am so happy that we had the 319 experience so that our eyes were opened up to the world of additives and just how powerful they can be. A big thank you to Sue and all her passionate helpers for making this information available and for all your hard work in spreading the word, you really have changed our lives (for the better!) – Anna from SA by email.