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Foods and additives are common causes of the attention deficit hyperactive disorder in children. M. D. Boris and F. S. Mandel, Ann Allergy, Vol. 72(5), pp. 462-468, 1994

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Foods and additives are common causes of the attention deficit hyperactive disorder in children. M. D. Boris and F. S. Mandel, Ann Allergy, Vol. 72(5), pp. 462-468, 1994

 Details

This investigation involved 26 children with ADHD. A multiple food elimination diet showed 19 children (73%) responded favorably. On open challenge (i.e. reintroducing the foods in a visible way), all 19 children reacted to many foods, dyes, and/or preservatives. A double-blind placebo controlled food challenge (DBPCFC) was completed in 16 children. There was a significant improvement on placebo days compared with challenge days. Children with a family history of allergy, had a significantly higher response rate than those without this family history. This study demonstrates a beneficial effect of eliminating reactive foods and artificial colors in children with ADHD and concludes that dietary factors may play a significant role in causing ADHD in the majority of children who have the disorder.


Boris M and Mandel FS, 'Foods and additives are common causes of the attention deficit hyperactive disorder in children', Ann Allergy. May;72(5):462-8, 1994

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