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There is clinical evidence to prove that artificial colors and preservatives in food causes adhd?

There is clinical evidence to prove that artificial colors and preservatives in food causes adhd?

No: There is no conclusive properly performed research showing causality between expsoure to dyes or additives & adhd. However, naturalistic experience shows worsening of symptoms in a few, but not all adhd children. This effect is rarely seen in adults. The older the pt is, the less likely there are clinical signs of exposure and mostly hyperactivity. Rarely, college pts perform less well with dyes. ...Read more

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Adhd) (Definition)

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a bio-psycho-social disorder characterized by inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. ADHD typically interferes with daily functioning or mental and social development. It is usually present in childhood, continuing into adulthood, and is genetically transmitted. ...Read more


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I'm just wondering, if you eliminate certain foods from a ADHD child's diet what can they eat?

I'm just wondering, if you eliminate certain foods from a ADHD child's diet what can they eat?

No specific foods: There are no specific foods associated with ADHD. A common recommendation is for a balanced diet in which protein is included in each meal and to limit carbohydrates as the major component of meals. ...Read more

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Is there any special kind of food that children with ADHD should avoid?

Is there any special kind of food that children with ADHD should avoid?

Stimulant beverages: Any beverage with stimulants such as coffee, soda, energy drinks or tea can worsen adhd symptoms. Also the consumption of chocolate can worsen adhd symptoms & increase adverse effects from medications. Some adhd kids can absorb 2-phenylethylamine from chocolate. This is a psychoactive monoamine alkaloid that mimics the effect of Cocaine on the brain. See http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/206912. ...Read more

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Is there any kind of food which works like ADHD medications and which really helps a person with ADHD ? Is it a stimulant ? Is it a good alternative ?

Is there any kind of food which works like ADHD medications and which really helps a person with ADHD ? Is it a stimulant ? Is it a good alternative ?

Nope, sorry: No, there are no foods which are as reliable or effective for adhd as stimulant medications. Caffeinated beverages like coffee would be the closest, but aren't as focused or as easily titrated as stimulant medications. ...Read more

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Can food allergy and nutrition cause adhd symptoms.

Can food allergy and nutrition cause adhd symptoms.

No.: Although you will find some doctors, who insist that they can cause ADHD symptoms, the standard, majority view -- and my view -- is that they can't. ...Read more

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He has adhd and what kind of foods do u suggest?

He has adhd and what kind of foods do u suggest?

Low Glycemic Index: Lots of veggies and fruits, lean protein, chicken and fish. Avoid White food. This includes bread, white potatoes, anything purchased in a box or an aisle of the grocery store. Avoid sugar. Shop around the perimeter of the store. Many kids with and without ADHD react to simple sugars. It is a major contributor to a behavioral epidemic in children. ...Read more

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Are there any foods that can help someone with ADHD?

Are there any foods that can help someone with ADHD?

Yes: Dietary changes are often strongly recommended and helpful for ADHD. The Feingold Diet is probably the most comprehensive (its online). It is also very difficult to do completely. I would suggest the usual. Lower sugars, less soda and colored foods/candies. More long lasting foods like cheese and meat protein. Less fas carbs, breads and grains (all sugars). Gluten free and organic. ...Read more

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If my child was diagnosed with adhd, what foods should I avoid giving him?

If my child was diagnosed with adhd, what foods should I avoid giving him?

Stimulant foods: Avoid chocolate and caffeine to minimize side effects and minimize doses of medications needed for treatment. ...Read more

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Is it possible for food additives, such as e102, to cause adhd-like behavior in children?

Is it possible for food additives, such as e102, to cause adhd-like behavior in children?

In a small number of: Children with adhd there is an allergic or pharmacologically mediated behavior change on exposure to some dyes (e.g., tartrazine, quinolineyellow, sunset yellow, carmoisine, ponceau 4r, & allura red ) & sodium benzoate added to foods & medicines. If a child is allergic to certain foods or dyes & behavior changes can be seen with exposure, an elimination diet is worthwhile. ...Read more

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Is ADHD caused by environmental factors? Do kids get ADHD because of how or where they live, or certain foods? How can we avoid it? .

Is ADHD caused by environmental factors? Do kids get ADHD because of how or where they live, or certain foods? How can we avoid it?

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No: ADHD is a chemical abnormality involving brain transmitters Dopamine and Nor Epinephrin. Environmental factors can affect a child's ability to focus such as noise in the classroom. Excess sugar and carbohydrates in the diet can affect the ability to focus and attend. There are many psychosocial factors such as abuse can cause inattentiveness. However, these do not cause ADHD. ...Read more

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