ADHD:

How Can food affect it

What is ADHD?

A.D.H.D is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder that can affect anyone. It is the most commonly diagnosed disease in children. There are three different characteristics that categorize the symptoms. They are inattention (easily distracted), hyperactivity (overly active), and impulsion (forced motives). While ADHD does affect people's personal life, it does have positive effects such as creativity, energy, and drive.

The Problem

There is no cure for A.D.H.D, therefore, some will take medication to help treat it. The problem at hand is that some of the medication can have multiple side effects and negative long-term effects. If the person slowly stops taking the medication, then they will experience different effects from the withdraw of the medication. Though one can not see major effects in younger people with A.D.H.D., you will be able to see the effects in later years.

The Driving Question

Is there a better, healthier way to help treat the symptoms of A.D.H.D?

A possible answer to this question is the type of food those with A.D.H.D. consume. What is in the food may determine if it will have a positive or negative effect on those with this disorder.

Foods Those with A.D.H.D Should Avoid

  • Soda
  • Frozen food
  • Ice cream & Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Corn
  • Chips
  • Fruit juice
  • Fast food
  • Red meat
  • Red food dye
  • Bread
  • Artificial Sweetners
To help with A.D.H.D., one does not have to withdraw for eating all the foods on the list. One can simply reduce how much they eat of that food.

Hypotheses and Prediction

Hypotheses -If people with A.D.H.D stopped eating gluten, then the effects of A.D.H.D will not be as predominant.


With many problem that some people have, they first thing they come to is that gluten may be the source of the problem. So, we think that if we reduce the amount of gluten one with A.D.H.D consumes may affect their behavior.


Prediction- If we take two teenagers off of gluten for a certain period of time then we would see that their behavior would become "better".

Procedure

We have asked people with A.D.H.D to be of aid with furthering our knowledge to see if a certain diet can improve the behavioral effects of A.D.H.D. We will take different foods (mostly foods with gluten) out of their daily diet and ask them to fill out a behavior chart for each weekday throughout the weeks that we are experimenting. We will continue the trial for a month or so to see if any changes have occurred in their behavior.