Experts aren’t sure of the cause of ADHD, but theorize that both genetic and environmental factors play a role. Specific foods or ingredients are thought by some to be linked to the symptoms. Besides dietary restriction, medication and behavior therapy are used to treat children with ADHD. In RED, foods that are thought to trigger symptoms are eliminated; the foods are reintroduced if they do not trigger symptoms.
Positive Response to ADHD Diet
Pelsser and colleagues assigned 100 children diagnosed with ADHD, ages 4 to 8, either to five weeks of the ADHD diet or to five weeks of following a healthy diet, with instructions on how to do so.
The ADHD diet was individualized for each child, eliminating foods that might cause problems. The diet was restricted to certain foods including rice, meat, vegetables, pears, and water, along with other foods such as potatoes, fruits, and wheat.