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Candice (Foley, Alabama) on 08/11/2007
5 out of 5 stars

A friend of mines daughter was just diagnosed with ADHD and she said that the Dr. told her to get her off of potato chips it's the worse thing for children. She did admit that her daughter ate large bags of chips with soda's everyday. He also said chips affect adults in much the same way. First time I have ever heard a Dr. not give a child retlin. Hat's off to this Dr.
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Replied By Lisa (Vancouver, Wa) on 10/22/2010

Actually, for adults with ADHD.... Potatos & Potato Chips Are AWESOME!!! They have Tyrptophan... So it helps my insomnia... I sleep so much better when I eat them before bed. Eggs have it also.... Americans have it all wrong... They eat hash browns & eggs for Breakfast... When actually they should be eaten as a Bedtime Snack.
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Replied By Melissa (Denver, Co, Usa) on 01/22/2017

I agree about the tryptophan and potatoes, but not fried versions of potatoes. If we could just get people to eat whole foods (baked potatoes) with tryptophan that would help them sleep. Regardless, here are the necessary things to help those with ADD/ADHD (I am a dietitian):

1. Stop blood sugar spikes by eating a diet high in protein with complex - not simple - carbs.

2. Get more fatty acids, especially omega 3's (EPA, DHA) from fish & seeds

3. Keep iron levels up. Most people, even professionals, are unaware of the important role iron plays in controlling ADHD symptoms. Studies show that those with ADHD tend to have lower levels of ferritin, so be sure to eat enough meat, poultry, fish, beans, dark leafy greens & get your levels checked to see if you need supplementation.

4. Have your Dr.check your zinc & magnesium levels because about 25% of those with ADHD tend to have low levels. Zinc regulates the neurotransmitter dopamine & helps improve the brain's response to dopamine. Magnesium helps make various neurotransmitters involved in attention & concentrations, plus it has a calming effect on the brain.

5. Cut out the chemicals. The UK recommends that parents remove sodium benzoate & 6 different artificial food coloring agents from the diet. Check labels & remove foods that are brightly colored such as Gatorade, & brightly colored cereals like Fruit Loops or Lucky Charms.

6. Watch for food sensitivities. The most common are artificial sweeteners (such as aspartame), dairy, wheat/gluten, soy, high fructose corn syrup/too much sugar.

These methods don't work for everyone, but they have been shown to reduce symptoms in many with ADHD, so it's worth a try!

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