Candy is loaded with sugar and artificial colours, a bad combination for children with ADHD. Both of these common ingredients have been shown to promote ADHD symptoms — namely hyperactivity — in studies.
Soft drinks, caffeine, and high-fructose corn syrup
If you have ADHD, consider eliminating soft drinks like Coca Cola. (Even if you don’t have ADHD, saying no to such drinks is a good idea.) These drinks often have many of the same sugars and sweeteners that make candy a bad idea for persons on the ADHD diet. They also have other ingredients that worsen ADHD symptoms, such as high-fructose corn syrup and caffeine.
Cake mixes and frostings
Cake mix and frosting contain the high amounts of sugar and artificial colours that can lead to hyperactivity and other ADHD symptoms. These products are often also loaded with several artificial sweeteners. When frosting and cake mix contain artificial sweeteners, they increase the risk of ADHD symptoms more than natural sweeteners.
Energy drinks can worsen ADHD symptoms
Energy drinks are becoming increasingly popular among young people. Unfortunately, they also have a veritable amount of ingredients that can worsen ADHD symptoms: sugar, artificial sweeteners, artificial colours, caffeine, and other stimulants.