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TOPIC: ADHD Diet: How Food Can Affect Your Child's ADHD

ADHD Diet: How Food Can Affect Your Child's ADHD 15 Feb 2013 14:48 #39

ADHD Diet: How Food Can Affect Your Child's ADHD
Posted February 14, 2013 by Wyatt Myers; Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH


For years, doctors have speculated that certain foods may play a role in ADHD. Although much research has been done on the subject, it’s still not believed that food actually causes ADHD. What diet does seem do, however, is worsen ADHD symptoms or trigger symptoms that mimic the signs of ADHD in children. “Excessive caffeine and excessive use of fast foods and other foods of poor nutritional value can cause kids to display behavior that might be confused with ADHD,” says Frank Barnhill, MD, an expert on ADHD and the author of Mistaken for ADHD. The following foods in particular have been implicated in ADHD in one way or another.

Candy
Candy is loaded with sugar and artificial colours, which is a bad combination when it comes to children with ADHD who often need to follow an ADHD diet. Both of these components have been shown to promote ADHD symptoms in studies. “With the high content of sugar and artificial colouring, candy is a huge contributor to ADHD,” says Howard Peiper, author of The ADD and ADHD Diet.

Soda
If you have ADHD, consider eliminating soda. These sweet drinks often have many of the same sugars and sweeteners that make candy a bad idea for kids on the ADHD diet. Soda also has other ingredients that can help worsen ADHD symptoms, such as high-fructose corn syrup and caffeine. “Excessive sugar and caffeine intake both cause symptoms of hyperactivity and easy distractibility,” says Dr. Barnhill.

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