Recent research in the Journal of Attention Disorders states that a Western diet may be linked to ADHD. A Western diet was described as high in take out food, confectioneries, processed, fried and refined foods. A healthy diet was described as a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and fish. Almost 1800 adolescents' dietary patterns were studied. One hundred fifteen of the adolescents had a diagnosis of ADHD. A higher score for a Western diet was associated with an ADHD diagnosis. Healthy dietary patterns were not associated with ADHD. The researchers were unable to conclude whether the Western diet leads to ADHD or having ADHD results in poor dietary choices.
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