FEINGOLD DIET Overview Information
The Feingold diet was developed by Benjamin Feingold in 1973. It is an “elimination diet.” This means users are told to remove foods containing artificial colors or flavors and chemicals called salicylates, which diet promoters say cause various disorders in children.
The Feingold diet was originally used for attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. It is now also used for other conditions such as asthma, ear infections, bed-wetting, seizures, sleep disorders, and many other conditions in children.
How does it work?
The Feingold diet was originally designed based on the theory that artificial colors and flavors and aspirin-like chemicals in foods (salicylates) cause hyperactivity or attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. This theory has now been expanded to include a long list of other conditions such as asthma, infections, seizures, and many others linked to these food ingredients.
The Feingold diet is an elimination diet. It instructs users to remove foods containing artificial colors or flavors and salicylates. The first step is to eliminate all foods containing these ingredients. If improvement occurs after these foods are eliminated, then some restricted foods can be reintroduced in moderation.
Some testimonials and quasi-experimental evidence suggest that introducing these foods and additives cause symptoms of ADHD. However, higher quality research shows that the foods and additives do not cause symptoms of ADHD.
- Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Researchers have found mixed results when studying the effectiveness of the Feingold diet for treating hyperactivity in children. Some studies found improvement in symptoms, but these studies have been criticized as being poorly designed. Other studies found no improvement.
- Ear infections.
- Sleep disorders.
- Other conditions.
FEINGOLD DIET Side Effects & Safety
There isn’t enough reliable information available about the safety of following the Feingold diet, especially long-term. But, so far, there are no known safety concerns.