Dealing with a picky eater in the family is not easy. Poor gut health may be the cause of your child’s behavior problems.
You can give red meat to your child. Red meat is a great source of zinc, which is an important nutrient for regulating behavior. Zinc deficiency is associated with the pathogenesis of ADHD. Red meat also contains iron, which is another behavior regulator. Iron deficiency can be corrected by taking iron supplements. Red meat is a good source of B vitamins as well. B vitamin deficiency is associated with behavior problems in kids and teens. Red meat also has protein, which helps regulate blood sugar.
Artificial Food Coloring
Artificial food coloring takes over the visual system designed to find ripe fruit. It is partially why children tend to choose junk food in bright colors such as red, yellow and green as these colors look attractive. Colors have also indicated the existence of ripe fruit for many years. According to the FDA, artificial food coloring might affect children with preexisting ADHD.
Research has also shown that dyes can affect even those without ADHD. Researchers have offered a genetic explanation. Children with genetic inclination towards impaired histamine degradation have higher chances of displaying behavioral problems after ingesting food dyes. Read nutrition labels and see if they have “natural” food dyes. These products usually use paprika and turmeric to create colors. You can also completely avoid dyed foods.
Remember that not all sugar is the same. The source is very important. A study discovered that the risk of developing ADHD is lower for kids who consumed more sugar from fruit snacks. Sugar-sweetened beverages, on the other hand, are consistently associated with increased risk of ADHD. This is because these beverages are packed with sugar in a medium that is easily digested by the body. A kid may consume 40 to 50 grams of sugar without realizing it. Sugar-sweetened beverages also usually contain caffeine. So, limit your child’s sugar intake.
Pastured Chicken Liver
Pastured chicken liver is rich in B12, protein, folate, iron and choline. It also contains a decent amount of zinc. Since it is lower in vitamin A than other livers, you can give it to your child once or two times a week.
You can also give your kid a dairy-free and gluten-free diet. Getting rid of grains and dairy from your kid’s diet may not have any effect on his or her behavior, but it is still worth a shot. There are many parents who report their kids’ behavior problems waning once they resolved food intolerances.
Children can and will eat well. They don’t need to live on chicken tenders, pizza and hot dogs. Give your kids a chance and provide some “adult” options. Allow them to be in the kitchen and help you prepare food. They can mash food or stir soup. Getting them involved in the food preparation process will most likely encourage them to eat the food they helped prepared.