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Healthy Diets, Less Hyperactivity?

A new study has looked at children's diets as a means of treating ADHD. Can avoiding junk food really affect hyperactivity?

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Some parents hope restricting sugar in their children's diet will help alleviate ADHD -- and they're right, to an extent.

Parents don’t need studies to tell them junk food is bad for kids. But could a healthy diet be the best treatment for ADHD?

Not exactly.

A new paper released in the journal Pediatrics has studied the link between different diets and hyperactivity in children. Some popular diets have included elimination and restriction — avoiding items like preservatives and sugar.

However, before throwing out a healthy diet, doctors say a combination of healthy eating and medication can more effectively control ADHD than either one on their own.

That news is bittersweet — disheartening for parents looking for an alternative to medication, but encouraging in controlling hyperactivity for children.

Read More:

  • ADHD diet study suggests healthy eating might help kids (CBS News)
  • Study: Healthy eating may help children with ADHD (USA Today)
  • For Kids With ADHD, Some Foods May Complement Treatment (NPR)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Bloomington, Indiana. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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