2020 Sep 4:1-9
In a large group of children followed from birth, data on diet and behavior were obtained on 535 children at both 4 and 6 years old.
The foodsinvestigated were divided into four basic groups:
- Sweet: high intake of snacks, chocolate, sweet drinks, ice cream
- Vegetable: high intake of vegetables, potatoes, fruit, anchovies, beans, kimchi
- Meat: high intake of pork, chicken, fish
- Carbohydrate: high intake of processed bread, sweet bread, fats, noodles, dumplings
The authors noted that junk foods have many additives and food colorings, as well as lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids and generally poor nutritional quality.
QUOTE: “The result showed that high intake of sweetened desserts instead of a balanced diet and regular meals is associated with increasing behavioral problems.”
The authors found that not only did the sweet dietary pattern in children at age 4 significantly increased their ADHD symptoms by age 6, but that the vegetable dietary pattern appeared to be protective.
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- Howard 2010 – ADHD is associated with a “Western” dietary pattern in adolescents
- Yan 2018 – Dietary patterns are associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms among preschoolers in mainland China
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