Stevens 2011: Dietary sensitivities and ADHD symptoms: thirty-five years of research

Figure 1: DOSE-RESPONSE EFFECT OF TARTRAZINE (Yellow 5) ON PARENT RATING SCALES (adapted from Rowe & Rowe 1994)

Clinical Pediatrics (Phila), 2011. Apr; 50(4): 279-93.

In their review of the literature, Stevens et al conclude that the evidence indicates that a diet free of food dyes is appropriate for “children who have not responded satisfactorily to conventional treatment, or whose parents wish to pursue a dietary investigation.”

NOTE:  Here we have reached the point of “try the diet if medicine doesn’t work,”  which is certainly a big improvement over some earlier reviews.  My recommendation, of course, is  “try the medicine if diet doesn’t work.”

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