Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Poor Diet Associated with ADHD

A Recent study from Perth's Telethon Institute for Child Health Research shows that a diet high in foods typical of the standard Western diet was associated with more than double the risk of having an ADHD diagnosis, compared with a diet low in the Western pattern.
A 'healthy pattern' is a diet high in fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, and fish -- it is generally higher in omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and fibre. A 'Western pattern' is a diet generally higher in total fat, saturated fat, refined sugar, and sodium.
When the study looked at specific foods, having an ADHD diagnosis was associated with a diet high in these five food categories:
  1. Fast foods
  2. Processed meats
  3. Red meat 
  4. High fat dairy products
  5. Sweets 
The research has just been published online in the international Journal of Attention Disorders. 

Source: green.yahoo

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