Valentine’s Day is known for giving the gift of chocolate and snacks filled with sugar. We do this because we want to show our family and friends how much we love them by giving them something special. Sugar does not cause ADHD. However, if your loved one has ADHD, eating excessive amounts of sugar may make their symptoms worse.
The University of South Carolina conducted a study which found that the more sugar hyperactive children consumed, the more destructive and restless they became. A study conducted at Yale University indicates that high-sugar diets may increase inattention in some children with ADHD.
Click here to see 45 healthy treats for Valentine’s Day (or any special holiday). To help your loved one maintain their focus throughout the day, you may want to consider:
- Fruit berries
- Hard-boiled Eggs
- Vegetable melodies
- Sushi with salmon
- Cheese and crackers
These foods are filled with the vitamins, minerals, and protein we need for better concentration and cognitive processing. Studies have not shown any specific food to cause or cure ADHD, but having a well-balanced diet is essential to ADHD management. Plus, good nutrition helps you feel good!