Western (American) diet linked to ADHD
By ParentInProgress on August 19, 2010
If you're sick of hearing about this type of dietary link to ADHD, it's likely because you're still wondering who would feed their kids this stuff on a regular basis.
This new study from Perth's Telethon Institute for Child Health Research shows a link between ADHD and what they refer to as "the Western pattern of foods." This includes things like takeout/drive-through foods, processed and refined foods, and anything fried or high in sugar. Obviously, those foods are likely to be higher in fat and sodium.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is the healthy pattern of foods. These are things like whole grains, fish, fruits and veggies, and nuts. These foods are usually higher in fiver, folate and Omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for brain function.
One theory is that the Western foods are also full of additives, like food coloring (which has been linked to ADHD) and that these foods have less nutrients.
The reverse may also be true though: people with ADHD tend to impulsively reach for ready-to-eat snacks and foods when they're hungry.
It could also be a combination of the two.
Here's the study:
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