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Link Between Diet and ADHD Poorly Understood

June 1, 2009: 10:18 AM EST
Much has been written about the relationship between diet and ADHD, but as yet there is no definitive study that answers the question of whether or not some food additives and nutrients affect symptoms of the disorder. The best that can be said is that a subset of children with ADHD might be affected. There is no consensus over the effects of synthetic dyes, flavors, and preservatives added to food on ADHD. Nor is there agreement on the role of omega fatty acids. Trials on the effects of vitamin and mineral supplements have also produced inconsistent results. There is, however, consensus on one topic: Children with ADHD should be encouraged to eat the same healthy diet as everyone else.
"Diet and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder", Harvard Health Publications, June 01, 2009, © Harvard University
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