Study: 'Western diet' linked to ADHD

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    Study: 'Western diet' linked to ADHD - UPI

    Australian researchers linked the "Western-style" diet -- processed, fried and refined foods -- and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

    Researchers at Perth's Telethon Institute for Child Health Research say a diet high in the Western pattern of foods high in fat, refined sugar and sodium -- is associated with more than double the risk of having an ADHD diagnosis compared with a diet low in the Western pattern.

    The study, published in the International Journal of Attention Disorders, suggests teens eating what the researchers characterized as a healthy diet -- lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains and fish and high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, folate and fiber -- provides mental health benefits and optimal brain function.