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Are there foods that I should steer clear of with my kids who have ADHD?

I have heard that their diet can affect their behavior. My kids behavior is steadily getting worse. Any suggestions would be great. My boys with behavior issues are 5 and 7. I have an appointment tuesday with a new dr. I hope I can get more helpful resources then as well because I am at my wits end... =(


Asked by SWEETPEAS3MOM at 1:10 PM on May. 11, 2011 in Kids' Health

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  • Pretty much any heavily processed food, dyes, sugar.

    Answer by Aqua_Jen at 8:41 PM on May. 13, 2011

  • Kids react differently to different things. There are some moms who have had great success with cutting gluten or milk or food colorings out of their children's diets, and some who are completely unaffected by that. One thing I would suggest is to try supplementing with Magnesium and B6. 


    Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 1:11 PM on May. 11, 2011

  • Red Dyes

    Answer by lilmommy10805 at 5:49 PM on May. 11, 2011

  • Refined sugar, food dyes, gluten, and sometimes dairy.

    Answer by Musicmom80 at 1:13 PM on May. 11, 2011

  • There is a lot of info out there on this. You can add ground flaxseed to thier daily diet to help with focusing.Daily fish oil supplements are very beneficial and avoiding foods/drinks with artificial colors in them ... like RED40...just look at the ingrediants on the stuff in your house, you'd be AMAZED at the things we give our children. Theres some groups on here about ADHD and natural healing.

    Answer by kimberlyinberea at 1:13 PM on May. 11, 2011

  • There has been some research on ADHD and the artificial food colorings in food. You could google to see exactly what ones to stay away from. I have talked to several parents and they have all said that when they cut out the artificial colors from their kids diets they became new kids.


    Answer by donna1028 at 1:13 PM on May. 11, 2011

  • Yes stay away from foods that contain alot of sugar. Give them water or milk instead of juice. If you can`t cut out juice completely, diminish it alot and buy juices that have no added sugars..these contain sugar anyway but it`s the natural sugars found in the fruit. I am sure it`s difficult, I was a very hyperactive child even though I was never diagnosed and my mom was crying so much at times...she was exhausted and the more sugar she gave me the more hyper I just be real careful for sugar.

    Answer by bianca2422 at 1:15 PM on May. 11, 2011

  • Anything thats high on sugar

    Answer by Wish2Be at 1:37 PM on May. 11, 2011

  • Check out the Feingold diet ( for ADHD. Look into cerebral allergies (delayed food hypersensitivities to casein, gluten, eggs, soy, etc. that manifest themselves as ADHD behaviors). Always a good idea to cut out artificial colorings (red dye was particularly problematic for my son), flavorings, preservatives, MSG, HFCS, hydrogenated anything, etc.

    Sugar is not necessarily problematic but do rule out things like hypoglycemia that may be impacting your child's behavior. Make sure your child is getting enough protein. Supplementing with vitamins, minerals, and omega oils is a great way to go too.

    I was able to rid my son of his diagnosis using a biomedical approach and specialized diet. Good luck to you!

    Answer by FootballMom85 at 1:41 PM on May. 11, 2011

  • I have heard that eliminating foods with artificial food dyes, especially red will have a huge impact.

    Answer by slw123 at 2:11 PM on May. 11, 2011