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ADHD-Friendly Eating: Keep It Simple

Search diet, kids, and ADHD and you’ll find heaps of encouraging—but often conflicting—advice. What to make of it all? “It’s important to understand that diet alone can’t cure or cause ADHD,” says Jill Castle, RD, founder of the Nourished Child website for parent nutrition education. That said, “a balanced, high-quality diet can give kids with ADHD the nutrients they need for optimal attention, behavior, and growth and may help ADHD treatment work even better.”

Avoiding certain foods and additives may be part of a wise plan. But, says Castle, focus more on what can be added so your child’s diet is rich in healthy fats, proteins, complex carbohydrates, and micronutrients, which are crucial for health and brain function. Here’s a no-nonsense approach.

Updated: Apr 7, 2021
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