New Lancet report on effect of a restricted diet on ADHD

I remember when I was introduced to goat’s milk. I didn’t like it at the time – but then I was 10 years old. Like many parents my mum had decided to change my diet in order to deal with my allergy condition – in this case, asthma.

Recently, more in the news is the question of how ADHD may be effected by diet. Last month, medical journal, The Lancet, published a report stating that:

A strictly supervised restricted elimination diet is a valuable instrument to assess whether ADHD is induced by food.

In this case children who were put on a diet of non-allergy producing foods were found to have a 40% reduction in ADHD symptoms.

Unfortunately, there is still a lot of evidence to be gathered to learn conclusively how diet effects children’s medical conditions. But it’s not going to stop mothers trying to find ways to help their children. There is a lot of anecdotal evidence of highly beneficial results when a diet is restricted, particularly when gluten is removed from a diet.

At this point I want to highlight Orgran Kids which is just one of many food brands aimed at helping mums look after their kids. Just on my desk right now are Itsy Bitsy Bears (fruit and chocolate biscuits) and Outback Animals Vegetable Pasta Shapes – made with rice, corn and vegetables.

All of Orgran’s products are gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, egg free, yeast free and vegan.

Today I can’t get enough of goat’s cheese or yoghurt, but I’m still a little wary of goat’s milk. Perhaps not all the side effects of changing a diet are going to have a positive effect.

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