Top Foods To Avoid With ADHD


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If you’re living a distracted life with ADHD, some foods may not be the best to manage your condition.

According to the site ADHD Awareness Month, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is most prevalent among African Americans at 10.5 percent. ADHD is more common in school-age children than adults, and in boys than girls.

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Experts say that some foods can worsen ADHD symptoms, including inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. These specific foods can mimic the signs of ADHD.

Here are some of the foods to avoid for anyone living with ADHD:


Sugar and artificial colors are a bad combination for children and adults with ADHD. Candy can lead to hyperactivity, studies show. Be sure to cut back on the candy.

Frozen fruits and veggies

Fruits and veggies are supposed to be healthy, right? Well, in this case, frozen fruits and vegetables contain artificial colors, which can be bad for an ADHD diet. Experts say these foods are treated with chemicals for insect control, which can cause neurologic-based behavior problems. If you’re serving fruits or vegetables for dinner, stick to the fresh ones.

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It’s probably best to eliminate soda from your diet completely. Soda shares the same sugars and sweeteners as most candies. The high-fructose corn syrup and caffeine in soda is also bad for any child with ADHD. A 2013 study showed that children who drank too much soda exhibited slightly more aggression and social withdrawal.

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