There's been a lot of press lately around food and its connection to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). With nearly 1 in 10 children affected by the disorder it's no wonder research studies would begin popping up.
One popular question around the subject is whether or not ADHD should be considered a medical condition treated with prescription drugs. It's tough to say when so many factors (ie: genetics, age, gender) contribute to making each case so different than the next. Not to mention symptoms of ADHD such as hyperactivity, fidgeting, impulsivity and difficulty in performing tasks can easily be attributed to a child's young age. However, a recent study released on NPR suggests a change in children’s diets could be the solution.
According to Dr. Liddy Pelser of the ADHD Research Centre in the Netherlands, 64% of children diagnosed with ADHD are actually experiencing a hypersensitivity to food. Perhaps a simple change in a child's diet could help their attention span and focus. Results of this study showed dramatic improvements in the children’s behavior.
Shortly after the NPR study was released, another report from The New York Times was published stating that dyes in some popular foods like cereals and juices could be linked to symptoms of ADHD. The Federal government has considered reassessing whether certain foods should carry labels warning that the artificial coloring could increase such symptoms.
Articles like the two above have resulted in controversy around the topic with many calling the studies flawed and misleading. I definitely don't have the answers, but I do believe in food having a strong connection to our health and hope that we can find a solution to so many of the health concerns facing our children these days.