The old saying goes “You are what you eat”. That seems to be true for children with ADD and ADHD. A new round of peer-reviewed studies have shown how changed in diet can improve the management of children with ADD and ADHD.
Feingold links ADHD to diet
The link between ADHD and diet was discovered accidentally by a medical doctor Ben Feingold back in the 1970’s. He found that certain artificial dyes and other additives in food could trigger hyper activity. The food industry hit back hard with their own studies saying Feingold merely observed a placebo effect. Yet many parents who followed the diet prescribed by Feingold saw an improvident.
New studies on diet and ADHD
Jump to 2015 and a number of new peer-reviewed studies is showing a link between certain artificial colorings and food additives. Some things to avoid or cut include:
Avoid artificial colourings
Eliminate food additives especially sodium benzoate
Limit foods containing salicylates