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Restricted Elimination Diet Helps Determine Food Sensitivities, Reduces ADHD Symptoms

February 5, 2011: 05:26 AM EST
A special diet in which processed foods are selectively eliminated and added back to determine sensitivity (restricted elimination diet) should be standard care for children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to Dutch research. Researchers believed that ADHD might be a hypersensitivity disorder, perhaps allergic, that is set off by foods that can trigger allergic reactions. Two groups of fifty ADHD-diagnosed children aged 4 to 8 years participated in the randomized controlled trial. Half were fed the elimination diet and half ate a generally healthy diet for five weeks. A second phase then tested whether immunoglobulin G (IgG) blood tests could identify foods that trigger ADHD. In the first phase, children who ate the restricted elimination diet showed significant improvements in their ADHD symptoms.
Lidy M Pelsser MSc, et al., "Effects of a restricted elimination diet on the behaviour of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (INCA study): a randomised controlled trial", The Lancet, February 05, 2011, © Elsevier Limited
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