ADHD caused by Food Allergy?

By Carolin 

After only 5 weeks more than half of the children showed improvement in their behavior.
Surprisingly sugar and color dyes had no effect.

This week, Lidy Pelsser from the Research Centrum in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, stated the controversial : ADHD could be a caused by a food allergy.

The children had followed an elimination diet for 5 weeks. The tests showed that sugar and color dyes that so often pointed out to aggravate ADHD had no effect on the children’s behavior.

Dr Pelsser states that possible foods that may cause ADHD are:

  • Peanuts
  • Egg
  • Dairy
  • Grapes
  • Flavor enhancers, like msg
  • Tomatoes
  • Vanilla
  • Fish

I can’t help wondering if probiotics would work as a natural cure for children with ADHD?

Did you know that probiotics have shown to help children with ?

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3 Responses to “ADHD caused by Food Allergy?”

  1. Greg on July 23rd, 2008 3:56 pm

    Now this is an interesting concept. Too much sugar certainly has an effect, I’ve watched it happen too many times, but maybe it’s just mimicing ADHD?

    Definitely an area that needs more confirming research.

  2. Is Your Headache Caused by Food Allergy? | on June 2nd, 2009 4:52 am

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  3. Claire from Wilderness Camp on November 20th, 2010 8:37 am

    Food allergies causes irritation, and increases hyperactivity, but it may not necessarily cause ADHD.

    The forebrain is the area in the brain that controls thoughts, behaviour, and emotion. Preliminary study has shown that some people with ADD/ADHD have forebrains that are about 10% smaller than those without the disorder. This difference in size could account for the impulsivity and behavioural problems experienced by children and adolescents with ADD/ADHD.

    A diet change is helpful because it creates a new experience which in a way rewires the brain. This happens also in any other productive change which provides new experiences.

    Health professionals apply a combination of strategies in managing ADHD teens which include parenting, behavioural, academic strategies as well as medication. A diet change may be added in combination with these treatments.
    .-= Claire@Wilderness Camp´s last blog ..Teen Wilderness Therapy Programs and Therapeutic Camps =-.

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