While research on ADHD diets remains limited and results are mixed, many experts believe dietary changes may help relieve symptoms when used in combination with “first-line” treatments such as ADHD medication, neurofeedback, and psychotherapy. According to WebMD's ADHD expert Richard Sogn, MD, “Whatever is good for the brain is likely to be good for ADHD.” Brain researcher and ADHD expert Daniel Amen, MD, recommends that children with ADHD eat a high-protein diet, cut back on sugary snacks, eat more complex carbohydrates, and consume more omega-3 fatty acids. For more information on ADHD diets, see Chapter 17.
A gluten-free/casein-free diet is not commonly accepted as a valid treatment for ADHD by experts in the field, and the authors don't recommend that this be your primary approach to finding help for your ADHD child. We understand that you, the reader, may have heard about the GFCF diet and may have wondered about its effectiveness. The authors present some recipes here for illustrative purposes only, and so that you, the reader, can better understand alternative treatments for ADHD.