Foods that can trigger or reduce the symptoms of ADHD

LINA DOUMANI, Clinical Dietitian at Camali Clinic, shares her advice on the foods that can trigger or reduce the symptoms of ADHD

So far there has been no scientific evidence that diet and supplementation can cure Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  However, diet does play a role in the physical and mental health of a growing children. According to the Harvard Health Publication/Harvard Mental Health Letter, ‘diet alone isn’t the driving force behind the behavioural and cognitive symptoms that plague children with ADHD’. But some studies have shown that certain foods and additives might reduce symptoms in a group of children.

Whatever food items you choose to include or eliminate from your child’s diet, you should keep in mind that each child is different and reacts differently.

Foods that have traditionally been linked to triggering symptoms of ADHD

  • Artificial Sweeteners
  • Foods containing high amounts of SUGAR
  • Saturated fats
  • Caffeine
  • Processed foods
  • Food colorings and additives

 

Foods that have reduced ADHD symptoms in some children

  • High protein intake
  • Foods high in vitamin B
  • Calcium
  • Trace minerals
  • More complex Carbohydrates
  • Omega 3 fatty acids

 

It must be kept in mind that for now, the consensus on a sensible approach to nutrition for children with ADHD is the same as recommended for all children:

Eat a diet that emphasizes fruits and vegetables, whole grain, healthful unsaturated fats, good sources of protein, go easy on unhealthy saturated and trans fats, rapidly digested carbohydrates, and fast foods; and balanced healthy eating with plenty of exercise.”

If you have any questions or would like further advice, ask to speak with our clinical nutritionist Lina Doumani.