3. Health Benefits of the Few Foods Diet
Twelve studies have examined the effects of the Few Foods Diet on symptoms of ADHD.
Five of these were uncontrolled trials, while seven were randomized, controlled trials.
Many of the children also reported fewer headaches, stomach aches, fits, muscle pains and nasal symptoms. Parents reported fewer problems with sleeping, and fewer nighttime awakenings in their children (16, 17, 18, 19).
In one of the studies, these effects were even noticeable on a brain scan when the children ate a sensitizing food (21).
Bottom Line: The Few Foods Diet has been shown to decrease ADHD symptoms for some children — often more than half. Less headaches, fits and sleeping problems have also been reported.
What to Eat on the Few Foods Diet
For 1–4 weeks, only eat the foods listed below. If you don’t notice improvements to symptoms after 1–2 weeks, you may want to discontinue the diet.
However, the length of this period differs.
Some people see symptoms improve greatly in the first three days, while others don’t experience improvements until the second week.
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