This morning the CBS Morning Show featured the recommendation from the American Heart Association that every child ages 2 to 18 should reduce his/her sugar intake to less than than 25 grams or 6 teaspoons of added sugars (sucrose, fructose, honey) each day. (The average child in the US consumes 3 times that every day.) One of the authors, Miriam Vos, M.D. from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia commented that, “Children who eat foods loaded with added sugars tend to eat fewer healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grain and low-fat dairy products that are good for their health”. Added sugars are any sugars used in processing and preparation or added at the table. Just look at the Nutrition Label on all products you buy under Carbohydrates, then sugars. The number is in grams–just divide by 4 to get the number of teaspoons. Starting in 2018 manufacturers will be required to list the amount of added sugars on all labels.
Many children with ADHD do much better eating very low or zero sugar! Try a no-sugar diet for a week or two and see if your child looks, feels, and acts better!! Then challenge him with sugar and see if he gets worse. The directions for this are in my book, “Solving the Puzzle of Your ADD/ADHD Child.” Try substituting xylitol for the sugar.