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Four Foods ADHD Children Should Avoid for Better Health

Four Foods ADHD Children Should Avoid for Better Health



Four Foods ADHD Children Should Avoid for Better Health, Experts Warn

For a long time, experts have been considering the potential relationship between specific foods and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

While research on beneficial diets for ADHD is ongoing, there is currently no definitive conclusion that certain foods directly cause ADHD.

However, it’s worth noting that some foods may exacerbate symptoms of ADHD. Based on expert opinions and evidence, we’d like to introduce foods that children with ADHD should be cautious about.

Synthetic Food Additives

Last October 7th, California became the first state in the US to ban four food additives, including Red Dye No. 3, due to potential health risks.

This law, known as the “Skittles Ban,” prohibits the manufacture, sale, and distribution of popular candies like Skittles in California starting from 2027.

Experts in ADHD and food safety advocates are urging the FDA to issue a nationwide ban on synthetic food additives.

Research suggests that synthetic food additives are associated with cancer, reproductive issues, and behavioral and developmental problems in children.

Specifically, Red Dye No. 3 has been linked to behavioral abnormalities in children and may affect those with ADHD. Experts recommend that children with ADHD avoid foods containing food additives like Red Dye No. 3, which are used in various products including soft drinks, juice, yogurt, snacks, candies, and cereals.

Natural food colorings like Annatto, Anthocyanin, Beta-Carotene, Caramel, Cochineal, Chlorophyll, Paprika, Red Beet, Saffron, and Turmeric are considered safe.

Soft Drinks

Soft drinks such as sweetened juices and carbonated beverages often contain ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup and caffeine, which may worsen symptoms of ADHD. Dr. Michelle Burnhill from the Mayo Clinic notes, “Excessive intake of sugar and caffeine can both contribute to symptoms of hyperactivity and distractibility.” One study found that among 5-year-old children who consumed carbonated drinks, there was a higher tendency towards aggression and social withdrawal.

Frozen Fruits and Vegetables

While fresh fruits and vegetables are important for all children’s diets, they may particularly benefit children with ADHD by alleviating symptoms. Research suggests that increased consumption of fruits and vegetables may reduce symptoms like inattention in children with ADHD. However, some synthetic colorings found in certain frozen fruits and vegetables have been shown to cause inattention, impulsive behavior, and excessive activity. Additionally, Dr. Burnhill suggests that some frozen foods may worsen ADHD symptoms for other reasons, citing higher risks associated with pesticide use. Instead of relying on frozen foods, it’s preferable to purchase fresh vegetables and fruits for home cooking and consumption.

Foods that Trigger Food Sensitivities or Allergies

For children with food allergies or sensitivities, eliminating problematic foods and making dietary changes may significantly improve ADHD symptoms. Many children with food allergies or sensitivities show ADHD symptoms after consuming specific foods. Major foods that may potentially trigger ADHD reactions include milk, chocolate, soy, wheat, eggs, beans, corn, tomatoes, grapes, oranges, and more.

In fact, a study published in the medical journal “The Lancet” in 2011 evaluated the impact of diet on ADHD symptoms. Among 100 children with ADHD, 50 were provided with a restricted diet while the other 50 were given a regular diet. Five weeks later, 64% of children on the restricted diet showed significant improvement in ADHD symptoms, whereas no improvement was observed in children on the regular diet.

Four Foods ADHD Children Should Avoid for Better Health

Four Foods ADHD Children Should Avoid for Better Health

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