Are you a parent using low carb to help manage your child’s ADHD or autism?

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While it’s not yet been explored by any high-quality study, some theories and anecdotal evidence suggests that low-carb diets could be beneficial for people with ADHD, and perhaps also with autism.

Do you have a child with ADHD or autism that you feel are positively affected by a lower carbohydrate diet? Do you have an inspiring success story or some helpful tips that you could share with the Diet Doctor community?

If so, our columnist Anne Mullens would love to hear from you for an article she is writing for Diet Doctor. If you are a parent with experience using low carb to help manage ADHD and/or autism in children and want to help other parents by telling your story, please email


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  1. Vince
    I have feeling the rise in ADHD may have something to do with the low Fat High carbohydrate diet introduced in the 1970s. If the condition has anything to do with lack of important fats in the brain (remembering the brain is at least 60% fat) and the neurotransmitters require saturated or omega 3 fats as raw materials to produce, a diet lacking certain fats especially for the mother when she is pregnant could be very important. Another thing to look at is diet in other countries versas ADHD rates.
    When I was at school (1960s to Early 1970s) ADHD did not seem that common.

    Just a thought.

  2. Sarah
    I agree with Vince, it didn't seem to be around when we were growing up 70s, 80s.
    I have 12 children and we have been following diet dr. Now for approximately 7 years. My oldest son lost 25 kg on keto. My hubby has lost 25kg and nearly reversed his diabetes after reading the diabetes code book. Our 10th child is non-verbal autistic along with adhd we give him low carb meals for tea but are still working on breakfast and lunch. He doesn't seem to like eggs on there own.
    Changing an autistic child is very slow.
    Our other children love low carb and if they go somewhere and eat traditional carb meals they all come home and say thanks mum for the way you cook that other food makes you feel horrible.
    Just some facts

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