According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), 8.4 percent of children aged 3-17 years in the US suffer from ADHD. Managing this condition can be difficult enough on its own but trying to cope with a child who has it can seem almost impossible.
To help control some of the symptoms of ADHD, many parents and doctors have turned to nutrition. What you feed your child on a daily basis can have a huge impact on the severity and frequency of his/her symptoms.
Before we get to the list of foods your child should (and should not) eat, we need to stress this: Every child is different and will react to certain foods differently. Some children have allergic reactions to certain types of food (dairy etc.) which can trigger ADHD symptoms. It’s always best to talk to your doctor before making any significant changes to their diet.
That being said, there are certain types of foods that have been known to either help or hurt children suffering from ADHD. Foods that contain artificial sweeteners, foods that contain high amounts of sugar, saturated fat or caffeine and processed foods like deli meat have been linked to triggering ADHD symptoms in children. On the other hand, foods high in VitaminB, protein, calcium and trace minerals have the opposite effect on children and can actually reduce symptoms on a regular basis.
Below you will find the 15 Best foods to feed children with ADHD (check out the link at the end of the article for 15 worst foods for managing ADHD):
Apples are a great source of complex carbohydrates. Doctors have recommended that children with ADHD increase their intake of complex carbohydrates. Eating these types of foods right before bed has also been known to help children sleep better. An apple a day will keep your ADHD symptoms at bay.