Fast foods, sodas, and ice cream may be American kids' favorite menu items, but they're also probably the worst for those with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new literature review suggests.
According to two researchers from Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, a relatively simple diet low in fats and high in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables is one of the best alternatives to drug therapy for ADHD. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid supplements have also been shown to help in some controlled studies, they noted.
Writing online in Pediatrics, Dr. J. Gordon Millichap and Michelle M. Yee reviewed nearly 70 publications on diet-based interventions in ADHD, emphasizing recent research and controlled trials.
They noted that diet is one established contributor to ADHD that parents can modify.