There are many theories that try to explain ADHD in American children. Some theories are related to biological causes while others try to co-relate environmental causes to ADHD.
However, experts have managed to show the connection between junk food and ADHD in American children.
Junk food contains many additives and it is believed that these additives play a big role in causing ADHD and worsening the symptoms of ADHD in American children. Research has shown that chemical food additives have the worse effect on children and just by removing junk food from ADHD children's diet can significantly improve their behavior.
One of the food additives that has been linked to ADHD is sodium benzoate. This chemical is present in Coca Cola, Pepsi Max, Diet Pepsis and many fruit drinks. Other food additives that are believed to cause ADHD are food coloring like sunset yellow in fruit-flavored drinks; carmoisine added in jelly to give it a red color; tartrazine added in lollipops and soda, ponceau a red food coloring; quinoline yellow; and allura red, which is an orange-red food dye.
Research has shown that not all children get ADHD due to food additives in junk food. However, researchers have not been able to explain why this happens. This is where biological theories take over.
Parents should try and monitor their children and when they find that certain junk foods cause ADHD in their children, that food should be removed from the child's diet. In addition, it has also been noticed that junk foods that are high in sugar content like cakes, sweets, ice creams and soda can also contribute to the development of ADHD in children who consume these foods. Therefore, it is best to avoid such junk food.
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