Eliminating aspartame for ADHD
Published April 2013
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What were we asked?
A survey of parents of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) indicated that they were interested in whether eliminating aspartame, an artificial sweetener used in some foods and drinks, from their child’s diet might affect symptoms of ADHD.
There are no trials investigating the effects of aspartame elimination diets on ADHD symptoms in children.
There is no evidence which would support the recommendation of an aspartame elimination diet to reduce symptoms in children with ADHD.
Where there appears to be a well-established link in an individual child between food or drink and behaviour, this is likely to be best addressed by referral to a dietician in conjunction with the clinician who is managing the child's ADHD.