In the U.S., attention deficit hyperactivity disorder “ADHD” is at a rate of children in the US is at 19%. The French have a mere .5%. French Children are not fed sugar like the children in the U.S., and the French also don’t eat chemically processed foods like the U.S. does. Actually, the French children are taught by chefs in training with fresh produce and local livestock on how to prepare lunches.
The French are actually very food conscious. They don’t allow chemically bleaching white bread or wheat flour. They don’t sit down and eat HUGE meals either. They eat in small increments more times daily.
Psychiatrists in France and Psychiatrists in the U.S., handle ADHD completely different in children than the French do. The French do not treat behavioral issues with prescribed medications. They actually take the time and look into what the cause is of the issue. American doctors tend to just prescribe Ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall (amphetamine, dextroamphetamine mixed salts).
What’s even worse is this disease is brought on by man. Whether it’s the processed food, not going out and playing in the yard, hanging out at the mall, bicycle riding or even playing a sport. Our children today because of crime, drugs and electronic devices are staying inside with the permission of their parents because the parents are scared that they will get hurt or get into trouble. Parents know it is a much more dangerous in this day and age, then it was when we “the parents” were children.
Dr. Lidy Pelsser of the ADHD Research Centre in the Netherlands, said in an interview with NPR, “The teachers thought it was so strange that the diet would change the behavior of the child as thoroughly as they saw it”. After the children had, a restricted diet (whole foods) alone, many children experienced a significant reduction in symptoms and the teachers at the school noticed and stated: “it’s a miracle”.
It just goes to show you that what we eat is so important. I’ve made a list of a few whole foods in the fruit, grains and vegetable department to get you started.
- Brown rice
- Bell Peppers
- Brussels Sprouts