Common Food Additives May Promote Anxiety and Reduce Social Behavior: Mouse Study

from Jennifer Rainey Marquez – Georgia State University

Summary: A new mouse study reveals common food additives, such as the dietary emulsifiers CMC and P80, may increase the risk of anxiety-related disorders and adversely affect social behaviors.

Source: Georgia State University.

Food additives known as dietary emulsifiers, commonly found in processed foods to improve texture and extend shelf life, may adversely affect anxiety-related and social behaviors in mice, Georgia State researchers have found.

The scientists also observed sex differences in the mice’s behavioral patterns, suggesting that emulsifiers affect the brain via distinct mechanisms in males and females.

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