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9 Healthy Food Rules for ADHD Families: What to Eat, What to Avoid

Healthy food is so powerful. A well-rounded ADD diet can have a powerful, positive effect on your cognition, mood, memory, and behavior. The wrong diet can aggravate ADHD symptoms. Here's what you should (and absolutely should not) be eating to help your brain and body.

12 Comments: 9 Healthy Food Rules for ADHD Families: What to Eat, What to Avoid

  1. I wanted to comment to agree with commenters lisadianegallipeau and alexia. This article contains a lot of misinformation,and encourages parents of adhd children to put them on highly restrictive diets without support or monitoring from a dietitian, in the hope of treating and improving their adhd (by about 70%. Oooo!)

    Given that people who are adhd are at great risk of disordered eating –

    https://www.additudemag.com/adhd-linked-to-eating-disorders/

    article like the one I am commenting on are unhelpful at best.

  2. I am a qualified dietitian. There are some useful tips here but unfortunately a lot of misinformation that is not evidenced based.
    Elimination of whole food groups from children’s diets without monitoring can result in nutrition deficiencies and impact growth and well being.
    I agree with the comment above that articles included in this magazine need to be referenced to be credible. I am also disappointed in the magazine’s choice to include this.

  3. I had a big problem a few years ago. I couldn`t quit smoking. I have tried everything from gums to cold turkey but didn`t have a result. But then I have found the article on Vapingdaily about the connection between food and smoking. To be honest, I was surprised it exists))
    So after I avoided alcohol and all cakes I wanted to eat) I quit with cold turkey) It wasn`t easy but think changing my daily diet had helped me)

  4. This article is poorly referenced and frankly I expect better from ADDitude magazine.
    ‘Did you know that gluten makes some people emotionally unstable? There are reports of people having psychotic episodes when they’re exposed to gluten.’ Where is the reference? If this is anecdotal that should be made clear in the text. The article is littered with claims that appear to be anecdotal, yet is written as if these statements were fact. They may well be, but without robust randomised and controlled studies to back the author’s claims it’s really just a suspicion based on anecdotal evidence. If I’m going to risk developing disordered eating by following a ‘strict elimination diet’ I want to see facts not anecdotal evidence. Not impressed, ADDitude!

  5. Seems like you want to take out the comment about ‘lean’ proteins in as it’s in contradiction to current research and your other bullet point, unless you’re going to say something explicitly about absorption of meds

  6. Hi, I was wondering why beans and legumes can’t be eaten too often or too much?

    Thanks for replying 🙂

      1. Beans and legumes are high in carbohydrates but also high in fiber and protein. I would argue that they are an important part of any diet to maintain a healthy weight and mindset. In fact, they are listed as one of the daily dozen foods recommended by the world-renown doctor and nutritionist Dr. Greger.

      2. Beans and Legumes are high in carbohydrates but also high in fiber and protein. I would argue that they are an exceptionally important part of a healthy diet, and can help you maintain a healthy weight and mindset. In fact, they are one of the recommended parts of the daily dozen foods recommended by the world-renowned doctor and nutrition expert Dr. Greger.

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