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What specific food additives should be eliminated in a child's ADHD diet?

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Based on studies, the American Academy of Pediatrics says that eliminating preservatives and food colorings from the diet is a reasonable option for children with ADHD. Some experts recommend that people with ADHD avoid artificial colorings, especially red and yellow. They also recommend cutting out food additives such as aspartame, MSG (monosodium glutamate), and nitrites. What's more, some studies have linked hyperactivity to the preservative sodium benzoate.

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 27, 2019

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 27, 2019

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