ADHD and Diet: Is There a Link Between Sugar and Hyperactivity, and Is There Really an Effective Diet for ADHD?
Tess Thompson / Native Remedies
1970's, Dr. Ben Feingold developed what came to be known as the
"Feingold Diet" after he thought he noticed a link between certain
foods and hyperactivity in children.
ingredients he flagged to avoid were mostly food additives which he
thought were causing allergic reactions in some of his patients, but
sugar was also on the list.
years following, Dr. Feingold's theory grew in popularity and
acceptance, but the theory was based only on his patient's
testimonials, and a link between sugar and hyperactivity has yet to be
proven in studies.
there is not overwhelming conclusive evidence that any particular food
will cause or prevent hyperactivity, a well-balanced diet that is rich
in a variety of brain-healthy foods will benefit anyone, and some
preliminary studies have found certain food types to have a positive
effect on children with ADHD.
days, most doctors agree that while limited amounts of sugar are
acceptable in a diet, large amounts can be harmful in a variety of
ways, even if sugar has not been shown to have a particularly negative
effect on ADHD and treatment of it.
that are high in protien include meat, fish, milk, yogurt, beans,
peanut butter and eggs.
fatty acids are often lacking in the average American diet, but can be
found in salmon, mackarel, sardines and flax oil.
general, green vegetables, fruits, whole grains, protiens and healthy
fats should all be included in your child's daily diet.
kinds of carbohydrates include candy, cake, white bread, potatoes,
white rice, and pasta, and are broken down very quickly by the body,
often causing surges and dips in energy.
of white bread and white rice, try substituting whole grain versions of
the foods, and give your child fruit instead of cake or candy.
there is no specific diet proven to be an effective child ADHD
treatment, a healthy mix of fruits, vegetables, omega-3 fats and
protiens promotes general well-being and will also help eliminate the
possibility of your child suffering from a nutritional deficiency that
might be affecting his or her behavior.
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For a number of herbal remedies for ADHD for all ages - and many other conditions, see the Native Remedies site.