It’s estimated that around 6.1 million kids in the U.S. have been diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While doctors can prescribe medications to manage the symptoms of ADHD, another factor that can impact your child’s behavior is their diet.
Certain foods containing sugar and artificial dyes have been linked to hyperactivity in people with ADHD. Luckily, there are tasty foods that can help with your kid’s anxiety and hyperactivity. Studies of this having a true impact are still being explored. However, a balanced diet is worth exploring to see the effectiveness for each child, notes Julie Ching, registered dietician.
Here are six options to consider…
Hummus and Pita Bread
Something delicious and easy to whip up for snack time is hummus and pita bread. This Middle Eastern spread is made with chickpeas and sesame seeds, which you can either make homemade or buy from the store.
Everyday Health explains how these two ingredients may improve functions like blood flow and focus, especially for people with ADHD. This is because they contain iron and folate. Serve the dish with some whole wheat pita bread for dipping to create an easy and healthy snack!