Something we all know, or at least think, has now become the focus of research. Eating diets of highly processed foods may contribute to ADHD:
ADHD diagnosis and poor diet now conclusively linked in Australian study - San Francisco adhd | Examiner.com
My husband has an aunt who told us about her quest to feed her children, especially her son, only "healthy" foods and no junk foods back in the late 1970's and early 1980's. She didn't have the luxury of the internet and reading some of the recent research about how to eat organic and "whole" foods. But she said all of her trips to the library and meeting with a dietician was well worth it. She said her son had got diagnosed with ADHD. He was constantly wiggling, impulsive, and had a short atttention span...school was not his favorite place. Then, when she omitted white breads and pastas, food dyes, fried foods, corn syrup, candy, and other highly processed foods, she said his behavior and school performance made a 180 degree turn for the better! I have such respect for her and all of her hard work to feed her family well. I am going down the same route as her, but I have it much easier in terms of gathering information yet I still find it hard. If it weren't for my children's food allergies, I may have never learned some of these things. So that is why I am actually thankful that my children have multiple food allergies and can't eat a lot of junk! They think fruit ice pops and sorbet are the best desserts...how many kids in the USA think that...not enough! So amazing that fixing our diets can impact behavior, school performance, and lessen the chances of childhood obesity. Wow, is that powerful!