For years doctors have speculated that certain foods can play a significant role in the emergence and evolution of attention deficit hyperactivity syndrome (ADHD). Although extensive research has been conducted on this topic is still not quite clear which foods can contribute to the onset of ADHD. What the scientists know is that some foods can aggravate the symptoms of ADHD or cause manifestations similar to those seen in ADHD.
Foods that can trigger symptoms of ADHD
– Sweets. Sweets are high in sugars and artificial colors – a combination that is harmful, especially for children with ADHD, who often need a special diet for ADHD. In studies, it turned out that both components promote symptoms of ADHD.
– Sodas. If you have ADHD, you should consider eliminating soda from your diet. These drinks often contain sweeteners and dyes that should be avoided by people who suffer from ADHD. Sodas contain other ingredients that can aggravate ADHD manifestations such as corn syrup high in fructose and caffeine. Excessive intake of sugar and caffeine may increase hyperactivity common in ADHD.
– Energy drinks. Energy drinks are becoming more frequently consumed by young people, especially by teenagers. Unfortunately, they contain a large number of ingredients that can worsen the symptoms of ADHD: sugar, artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, caffeine and other stimulants. Energy drinks are among the main drinks that trigger behaviors that mimic ADHD in adolescents and should not be part of their diet.
– Frozen fruits and vegetables. Most fruits and vegetables are healthy choices for a ADHD diet. However, all frozen fruits and vegetables may contain artificial colors, so check labels carefully. Experts say that this type of food can cause ADHD symptoms mainly because their treatment with organophosphates to control insects. Organophosphates have been shown to trigger underlying neurological behavioral problems that can mimic ADHD symptoms.
– Fish and seafood. Experts say that some big fish and seafood contain traces of mercury and can cause long term ADHD manifestations. Some of these fish include shark, mackerel and swordfish. Mercury, like cellulose, it is extremely difficult to digest and can accumulate over time in the brain. This can lead to hyperactivity. Talk to your doctor about the best types of fish you want to include in your diet for the management of ADHD.
– Food sensitivity. According to a recent study, many children who suffer from various types of food sensitivities may experience symptoms of ADHD after being exposed to certain foods. Based on the research results, those foods include: milk, chocolate, soy, wheat, eggs, beans, corn, tomatoes, grapes and oranges. If you suspect a food sensitivity to contribute to the onset of symptoms of ADHD in your child, talk to your doctor.