Is the Feingold diet legitimate?

No evidence suggests that the Feingold Diet prevents, treats, or cures ADHD or other behavioral issues in children or adults. Yet, children with sensitivities to certain food additives may benefit from avoiding them.

What is the Feingold diet?

The Feingold diet eliminates artificial food colors, flavorings, sweeteners, preservatives, and some salicylates (naturally occurring compounds found in some fruits and vegetables), and is intended to reduce or eliminate ADHD symptoms in certain children.

What foods to avoid when you have ADD?

Many children with food sensitivities can exhibit ADHD symptoms after they are exposed to certain foods. Some of the common foods that can cause ADHD reactions include milk, chocolate, soy, wheat, eggs, beans, corn, tomatoes, grapes, and oranges.

Do bananas help ADHD?

Bananas, another smoothie staple, are rich in vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), which aids in the formation of neurotransmitters that affect behavior, says Lemond. Try making a fruit smoothie from fresh fruit and yogurt.

Is Stevia low salicylate?

Stevia and Monk Fruit – unknown salicylate levels. These haven’t been tested but clinical observation shows they are likely high salicylate.

What foods trigger ADHD in adults?

Adults and children with ADHD may feel better if they limit or avoid the following:

  • Sugar. Eating sugary foods can cause blood glucose spikes and crashes, which can affect energy levels.
  • Other simple carbohydrates. Sugar is a simple — or refined —carbohydrate.
  • Caffeine.
  • Artificial additives.
  • Allergens.

What can you eat on the failsafe diet?

Foods included in a FAILSAFE diet

  • Staple foods: Semolina, wholemeal and white flour, rice, rice noodles and rice bubbles.
  • Meat: Beef, chicken and lamb.
  • Fruit: Pears with the peel removed.
  • Vegetables: Carrots, lettuce and parsley.
  • Fats: Olive, sunflower and safflower oils.
  • Flavour enhancers: Salt and pepper, malt vinegar.