Nutrition tips for clients with ADHD/ADD to keep in mind when heading over to Grocery stores
When shopping stick to the outsides of the store hitting just the produce, dairy, meat, & bakery sections. This will ensure that the majority of your diet is based in whole foods. Anything with a shelf life usually has an additive that can inhibit brain function or actually cause damage; those with ADHD are especially sensitive to these. Here is what our ADHD/ADD Nutritionist Kate Leinweber has to say:
- Be an informed Shopper -- The first step in taking control of your health is to gain an understanding of what is in the food you eat. Become a savvy label reader by keeping an eye out for the following ingredients.
- Brain Damaging Fats: Hydrogenated, Vegetable Oils (Canola, Corn, Sunflower, Safflower) -- These fats are known to displace the healthy fats in the brain and prevent the formation of crucial fats like DHA and EPA.
- Colourings: allura Red AC, Sunset yellow FCF, orange yellow S, Tartrazine, Stannour chloride -- These additives vary from neurotoxins, carcinogenic or can cause allergic reactions.
- Flavour Enhancers: “Flavour”, Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), Saccharin, Sugar, Anything ending in –ose, Aspartame -- Flavour enhancers are added to foods that are processed and would not taste good otherwise. They can desensitize taste buds making whole foods taste bland. Not to worry! With a shift to whole foods the sensitivity of taste buds will normalize.
- Preservatives: Benzoic Acid, Butylated Hyroxyanisole (BHA), Calcium or Potassium Benzoate, Sulfate, Sulfite, Nitrate, Nitrite, Propyl p-hydroxybenzoate, propylparaben, paraben, Stannous chloride, Sulfur dioxide -- These preservatives have been known to inhibit digestion, be carcinogenic, cause chronic skin issues, or even reduce the body’s ability to carry oxygen in the blood.