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What are concerns about eliminating sugar to help with ADHD?

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Some children become hyperactive after eating candy or other sugary foods. No evidence suggests that this is a cause of ADHD, though. For the best overall nutrition, sugary foods should be a small part of anyone's diet. But you can try cutting them to see if symptoms improve.

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

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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