Pediatric Study: ‘Healthy’ Diet Best for ADHD Kids

By John Gever, Senior Editor, MedPage Today
Published: January 09, 2012
Reviewed by Dori F. Zaleznik, MD; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston and
Dorothy Caputo, MA, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, Nurse Planner
 
 

Fast foods, sodas, and ice cream may be American kids’ favorite menu items, but they’re also probably the worst for those with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new literature review suggests.
According to two researchers from Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, a relatively simple diet low in fats and high in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables is one of the best alternatives to drug therapy for ADHD. 

Eating food means real food. Pronounceable food. If it glows in the dark, you probably shouldn’t eat it. The longer the shelf life of the product, the shorter the shelf life of the person eating the product. Out just today (Jan. 9, 2012) is a paper suggesting that eating real food reduces the risk of ADHD in our kids, while highly-adulterated foods have the opposite effect. Science, meet intuition! 

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