Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who consumed diets of whole, hypoallergenic foods like rice, carrots, turkey and lettuce for four weeks experienced significantly reduced symptoms when compared to counterparts who ate what they wanted, according to research that was published in the journal The Lancet.
A team of scientists at the ADHD Research Center in the Netherlands conducted a study examining the nutrition and behavior of 100 children between the ages of 4 and 8.
The young participants were split into two groups: One was prescribed a healthy diet and another was told to eat as they usually would. After one month, the researchers interviewed the children's parents and found that 64 percent of the kids on the hypoallergenic diet experienced significantly improved symptoms of ADHD.
The results may come as good news to parents who are reluctant to put their children on prescription drugs like Ritalin or Adderall that are usually prescribed for the condition.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that an estimated 9.5 percent of children between the ages of 4 and 17 suffer from ADHD. Additionally, it says that the rate of the disorder rose by 22 percent between 2003 and 2007.