What You Should Know
The ADHD Diet is a diet designed to control the symptoms of ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Though no one knows the real cause for the condition, it remains one of the most common childhood mental disorder, most often diagnosed before age seven. It is thought that making changes to the diet can help alleviate the symptoms, so we will take a look at this diet and how it works.
List of Ingredients
Many people say sugar is linked to ADHD, because it encourages hyperactive behavior. Others say it’s the excitement of the association of the event, such as a birthday party, that leads to a sugary cake, that makes the child hyperactive. There is no real scientific evidence to suggest that sugar has any affect on a child’s behavior.
Other issues that may contribute to ADHD are additives, allergies, and food colorings. Dr. Feingold proposed a diet in the 1970s which linked behavior to diet. Since then, there has not been any scientific evidence to support what Dr. Feingold claims.
Caffeine could be an issue, as this is a stimulant that everyone reacts to differently. Some people can handle more caffeine than others, and some people may be allergic to it. For health reasons, it is advised to have your child avoid caffeine as much as possible.
Though there is not any scientific evidence, there is anecdotal evidence that suggests highly processed foods are linked with hyperactivity. Parent should try to greatly reduce or eliminate highly sugared and colored foods as you can. Dilute juices and sugary drinks with water. Cut out cookies, candy, and soda all together if you can, and if not, make healthier versions of the sweet stuff.
Omega-3 fatty acids are thought to help ADHD. Have your child eat at least two servings of fish such as: tuna, herring, sardines, or salmon to ensure they are getting enough. If your child will not eat these foods because he or she can’t stand the taste, there are many different supplements and enriched foods available.
- This diet encourages less processed foods.
- This diet encourages a more balanced diet.
- This diet is not really designed for weight loss.
- This diet does not encourage exercise.
If your child may have ADHD, or you have already received a diagnosis, you may want to consider making dietary changes to see what happens. Though not all children will respond, it should not deter you from trying. This is not a diet designed for weight loss, though following a more nutritionally balanced diet will help with weight loss and overall health.