Is your kid is going through Mood Swings? then these foods might be culprit

mood swings in kids

Have you noticed your child sometimes being moody after a snack or a meal?

Ever wondered what’s triggering the random mood swings or behaviour? The reason could be as simple as food

While it’s not just the age, there are a number of variables, such as stress, environmental factors, poor sleep, genetics, mood disorders, and nutritional deficiencies that can affect your child’s mood with food being the most significant factor. It is of utmost importance to check nutrition labels and to be constantly aware of the potential risks associated with heavily processed food with high contents of food additives generally found in fast food.

Food Additives

Most fast foods available in the market are overloaded with food additives like food coloring sodium benzoate and additive high sugars that can be harmful to your child. These additives can make them hyperactive, experience low levels of concentration- often leading to irritation and loss of temper.

Food Coloring

Studies suggest that food dyes, such as those found in everyday foods have dramatic effects on a child’s cognitive function, causing hyperactivity and loss of focus. The analysis also showed that 82 percent of the samples exceeded the prescribed limit of 100 ppm (parts per million) for permitted colors. We see that these colors in excess at sugar confectionaries.

Studies on animals have indicated that Brilliant blue induces liver damage, renal failure, and asthma while Tartrazine has been linked to cause Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Sunset yellow causes adrenal tumours and hypersensitivity.

Sodium Benzoate

Sodium Benzoate is a preservative found in many foods and sodas. Few surveys and studies conducted found that food dyes were found to be aiding changes in mood. Sodium benzoate was also noted as a culprit that was linked to causing kids to lose focus. Sodium Benzoate is also most commonly used in juices and soft drinks.

How to Prevent Tantrums

Good nutrition and a balanced diet which includes superfoods that help boost cognitive function, also help maintain steady blood sugar levels in the body. They won’t break down into sugars instantly causing spikes in energy levels. They are the sorts of foods your child should be consuming.  

It could be simple oatmeal that is slow to digest or blueberries which are good for thinking or plain old Idli (Masala idli), roti roll with veggies and cheese or just bread and omelet—there are plenty of healthy alternatives that kids can eat that will help in keeping their moods stable. Flax seeds and chia seeds are amazing superfoods to help reduce tantrums in kids which can be included in any foods.

What are Good Foods

Foods that are high in fiber content are slow to digest and release sugar. But what does this mean? It means these foods don’t cause those dangerous “ups” and “downs” in insulin levels that sugar, and simple carbs do. Avoid sugary cereals, bakery items, and packed juices for breakfast to avoid the sugar dip a few hours later.

Few foods that are complex carbs and fiber-rich are:

Flaxseed, Chia Seeds, Oatmeal, Brown Rice

Omega 3, Fish, Flax Seeds

Studies suggest that foods high in Omega-3 help level out people’s moods. Foods such as fish, walnuts can help regulate mental health. Other foods that can help maintain a healthy brain and regulate your child’s moods include broccoli, avocado, and kidney beans (rajma). 


Being aware of the additives is the first step to fixing the problem. The next step is to start having healthier alternatives for the foods consumed. Focus on keeping your child’s mood levels at a regular level with healthier food options that won’t spike your child’s insulin level and alter their focus. Hope this article helps you to understand mood swings in kids.

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