Editorial: Diet and children’s behaviour problems – disentangling urban myth from clinical reality
Edmund J. S. Sonuga-Barke
This Editorial focuses on diet and behaviour problems – seeking to disentangle the modern urban myth of the toxic effects of the modern diet on children’s brains from the reality of its actual effects on behaviour. It suggests we need to navigate a course between these two opposing extremes, seeing the proposed diet–behaviour link more as a hypothesis to test, than a truth to defend or a myth to debunk. It summarises the history and standing of the current diet-behaviour hypothesis and the use of dietary exclusions and dietary supplements for behaviour problems, in the light of current empirical evidence and the impetus this provides for further research in this field.
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