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-- -- this health story according to government statistics 9% of kids in the united stays between five and seventeen years old.
Are diagnosed with ADHD.
And now report in the journal -- pediatric showing a healthy diet might actually improve their behavior -- medication fails and patty and we knew that medication can often be very controversial on this so.
Let's talk more about these results.
Absolutely parents would prefer -- dietary approach but these results -- are inconclusive.
Let's look at the highlights many parents put their ADHD kids on so called.
Restricted diets eliminating foods such as wheat eggs chocolate cheese and -- Well the study says that diet has shown limited success with some ADHD kids but a placebo effect could not be excluded.
Other research suggests that sugar and fat may exacerbate symptoms the authors agree that avoiding high sugar foods may prevent exacerbation.
But they say parents are often biased by their belief that restricting -- global work.
As for supplements the study says mega vitamin therapy has not been proven to work and may even be dangerous in the long term.
But the authors say the suspected role of zinc and iron deficiency does deserve further study.
What about cutting out food additives and dies while this study says there is little solid science to back claims that these chemicals increase ADHD.
They also looked at the Feingold diet which calls for eliminating red and orange dies as well as apples grapes sausage and hot dogs.
This -- says controlled studies failed to confirm the effectiveness of the diet to the extent cleaned.
As for artificial sweeteners like aspartame the study says the majority of controlled studies.
-- to demonstrate a significant adverse effect of -- or aspartame.
Lot about qualifying words in there -- so what is the take away for parents.
The study says a healthy diet rich in fish vegetables fruit -- -- and whole grains is perhaps the most promising alternative treatment of ADHD.
Others feel the study downplays the success of restricted diets.
A pediatrician at New York's Cohen children's medical center saying since some of these nutritional interventions cannot be patented.
Drug companies are not willing to underwrite the costs of the needed research.
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