The differences in outcome depend, among other things, on the design and duration of the study, the number of participants and the interpretation of the study results. By the way: you must also bear in mind that the majority of medical science research is (partly) financed by commercial companies, such as food companies.
There is indeed a relationship between ADHD and nutrition
Various studies in recent years have indeed shown a strong link between diet and ADHD. By means of a strict elimination diet, in which children were given a diet with only a few products to which one by one food was added, a nice picture was created to which children respond. This type of diet is also carried out under expert supervision. Experimenting yourself is therefore not wise. In contrast to the general assumption, sugars, sweeteners and other artificial additives that children respond to are not by definition, but especially ordinary foods.
The idea that nutrition and ADHD have a strong relationship is not new. Especially in the alternative circuit, children with ADHD have had successful dietary interventions for decades. The fact that these small-scale successes have received little attention is, on the one hand, the still cramped relationship between science and alternative medicine; on the other hand the small scale with which it has been demonstrated. In addition, the responses to foodstuffs also appear to be strongly determined individually.
Isn’t sugar the culprit?
But: maybe we should broaden the discussion alongside the ADHD story. If children with ADHD react so strongly to certain foods, could this not apply to all children? Because a link has indeed been demonstrated between the (busy) behavior of children and the intake of (artificial) additives and sugars.
Have you ever looked closely at the colors of all children’s cookies, sweets, desserts and drinks? Red, green, yellow, blue, purple, orange. You can’t think of it that crazy. That makes a person already hyper when he looks at it. Let alone the amounts that children nowadays get from these products. Take a look at an average child’s lunchbox. Finding a drum with a few brown sandwiches with cheese and an apple is more difficult than finding a pin in a haystack. Milkbreaks, Princekoekjes, Smoeltjes. Wickys, Taksi, Double Frisian. And preferably all as light as possible.
Back to basic
Wouldn’t it be wise to just go back to basics? Keep the apple and the brown sandwich as standard again? Because really not every child who is a bit busy – and you can hardly blame him or her with those boosts of sugar, sweeteners and colorants – has ADHD. ADHD is a medical condition that requires a specific approach. But nevertheless I am convinced that by going back to ‘normal’ food the number of busy children or ‘semi-ADHDers’ will decrease considerably.