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Are there any studies that prove eliminating food additives from diet will help ADHD symptoms?

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Some experts believe that the idea of cutting foods from a diet to help ADHD symptoms is unfounded and unsupported by scientific evidence. However, although one study has shown that some food coloring and one preservative did increase hyperactivity in some children, the effects varied according to age and additive.

From: ADHD Diet and Nutrition WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: WebMD ADHD Guide: "Topic Overview." WebMD ADHD Medications and Treatments Blog, Richard Sogn, MD: "ADHD Natural Supplements and Nutrition" and "Food Coloring and Additives." Feingold Association of the United States: "Many learning and behavior problems begin in your grocery cart!" McCann, D. , Nov. 3, 2007. Schonwald, A. , February 2008. 




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Bateman, B. June 2004. Arch Dis Child,

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 10, 2017

SOURCES: WebMD ADHD Guide: "Topic Overview." WebMD ADHD Medications and Treatments Blog, Richard Sogn, MD: "ADHD Natural Supplements and Nutrition" and "Food Coloring and Additives." Feingold Association of the United States: "Many learning and behavior problems begin in your grocery cart!" McCann, D. , Nov. 3, 2007. Schonwald, A. , February 2008. 




LancetAAP Grand Rounds

USDA MyPyramid.gov: "What are discretionary calories?"

Bateman, B. June 2004. Arch Dis Child,

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 10, 2017

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