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Can foods trigger hyperactivity in children with ADHD?

Leopold D. Galland, MD
Internal Medicine
British researchers performed exhaustive dietary trials on children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), closely supervised by hospital dietitians. After determining that 80 percent of the children had apparent food sensitivities as a cause of hyperactivity, they then performed double blind, placebo controlled challenges with the offending foods. Using this most rigorous clinical research method, the investigators confirmed the presence of food intolerance in the majority of children with ADHD. Subsequent research by the leading investigator of this study suggested that these food intolerances represent true food allergy. The foods to which children with ADHD most commonly had allergic reactions were cow's milk (which included milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream), corn (an additive in many prepared foods), wheat, soy, and eggs. Altogether, 48 different foods were incriminated as triggers for hyperactivity.

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