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21 Apr 2004

Need food recipies for ADD child
Looking for recepies to supplimnet chils who has ADD, and do not wish to place on ritalin
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Rocco
Children with ADD basically need a diet that is devoid of additives (preservatives and colourants) so the simpler the diet, the less chance there is of problems. Serve plain, home-cooked meals and avoid all processed foods if possible. Give the child fresh or dried fruit, vegetables, minimally processed grains and cereals (home cooked maize meal or oats porridges, wholewheat bread, pasta, brown rice), plain milk, yoghurt and cheese, and poly- or monounsaturated fats and oils (tub margarine or olive or canola oil). These children often react well to supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids so try giving the child Salmon oil capsules. Because it is tricky to work out such a diet in the modern world you can consult a clinical dietitian (Check the List of Dietitians on this Website or phone 082-593-0276 or send an e-mail to or look in your local telephone directory or Yellow Pages, to find a dietitian in your area). I am going to write some articles on ‘ADD & Diet' in the near future, so keep an eye on the ‘Diet' section of the Health24 Website.
Best regards
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