ADHD Diet Guidelines

Only Natural or Nature-Identical products are acceptable. Products that are only approved are not acceptable, because they are artificial. Avoid all colouring and preservatives. Be on the look out for the following words on labels and avoid them: Disodium, EDTA, BHA, BHT, TBHQ, Calcium Propionate, Benzoic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Sulphur Dioxide, Sodium Metabisulphite, MSG of Mono Sodium Glutamate.


  • Nestle: Milo Bars, Classic, Kit Kat (Plain & Peppermint), Kit Kat, Chunky, Aero (Plain & Peppermint), Aero Chunky.
  • Barry's Bars: All 12 bars have been approved
  • PVM Bars: Chocolate, Caramel Nut, Choc-Caramel-Nut, Choc-Nut-Choc
  • Noogy Bars: Al lot has been approved - check ingredients
  • Beacon: Damascus Nougat - Original
  • Woolworths: Yogurt Gums, Fruit Salad Jellies, Winnie the Pooh Milk, Chocolate filled with Honeycomb Chunks, Winnie the Pooh Double layered, Fruit Jellies
  • Monkey: Sherbet
  • Clover: Dirkie sweetened condensed milk - Regular
  • Snaxels: Choc and Yogi Sticks (Clicks)
  • Todes: Yogurt Bars
  • Sugar Daddy: Sugar Coated Chocolate Eggs - White Only
  • Mister Sweet: Fudge Bars, Toffees in liquorice and caramel, Creamy, Toffee, Peanut Snack Bar 


  • Super-Snax: Barbeque, Peri-Peri, Savoury Cheese, Salt and Vinegar 
  • Simba, Lays, Willard: Lightly Salted - Contains an Anti-oxidants (Do not consume on a daily basis.- only as a special treat) 
  • Bandito's - Nachos: Natural Corn Chips - Salted

Cold Drinks

  • Coca Cola - Doesn't contain any preservatives or artificial colouring, although do not consume on regular basis as it contains sugar and caffeine.
  • Pure Fruit Juice - Read the labels. Only juice with Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid: Brands: Liquifruit, Ceres, Pure Joy, Woolworths.


  • Woolworths: Choc Chip Crunchies, Family Assorted - Transparent bag with 4 varieties, Danish butter biscuits, Digestive Biscuits.

Lactose-Free Diet Guidelines

Lactose is the natural sugar found in milk and milk products. Some people are unable to digest milk. Lactase is the digestive enzyme that helps the body to digest lactose. A lactase deficiency can lead to the accumulation of lactose in the intestine, which can cause nausea, gas, cramps, bloating and diarrhea. Some lactase deficient children can tolerate small amounts of milk products such as cheese, yogurt, ice cream, or milk used in cooking.

The following is a lactose-free diet, it is necessary to read food labels for hidden sources of lactose such as whey, milk solids, and dry milk powder.

Since milk and milk products are a major source of calcium, check with a dietitian or your physician regarding calcium supplements.

Following is a listing of various food groups and within each, foods that are allowed on a lactose-free diet and foods to avoid.


  • Foods to Avoid: Whole, low fat, nonfat milk; half & half, cream; powdered, condensed, evaporated, goat, acidophilus, and chocolate milk; instant breakfast
  • Foods Allowed: Non-dairy milk substitutes; Lactaid milk; soy milk, rice drink; carbonated drinks; fruit juices/drinks; lemonade; Isomil,


  • Foods to Avoid: Most bread, crackers, and cereal; muffin, biscuit, waffle, pancake, and cake mixes; macaroni and cheese; creamed, scalloped, or au gratin potatoes
  • Foods Allowed: French bread, graham crackers, saltines, bagels, Zwieback; oatmeal, rice cereals, cream of wheat; plain potatoes, rice, pasta

Protein Foods

  • Foods to Avoid: Creamed meats, poultry, and fish; cheese, cheese spreads, cottage cheese; omelets, quiche, souffles prepared with milk or cheese; peanut butter with added milk solids
  • Foods Allowed: Plain meat, poultry, or fish and luncheon meats, eggs; natural peanut butter


  • Foods to Avoid: Creamed, breaded, or buttered vegetables
  • Foods Allowed: Fruit and vegetables prepared without milk


  • Foods to Avoid: Ice cream, sherbet, ice milk; yogurt; chocolate; cakes, pies, custards and puddings made with milk 
  • Foods Allowed: Non-dairy frozen sorbet; angel food cake; custard and pudding made with water or milk substitute


  • Foods to Avoid: Toffee, butterscotch, caramel; artificial sweeteners
  • Foods Allowed: Molasses, syrup


  • Foods to Avoid: Creamed soups; dehydrated soup mixes containing milk products
  • Foods Allowed: Broth-based soups or soups prepared with milk substitutes

Baby Foods

  • Foods to Avoid: Custards; creamed spinach or corn
  • Foods Allowed: Plain vegetables, fruit; combination dinners that do not contain milk products


  • Foods to Avoid: Seasonings with milk products
  • Foods Allowed: Sauces prepared with milk substitutes
  • Foods to Avoid: Butter, margarine, salad dressings and sauces containing milk; cream; sour cream; cream cheese
  • Foods Allowed: Non-dairy creamers and whipped topping

Lactose Content of Selected Foods

Low Lactose Foods (0-3 grams)

  • Sherbet - 1/2 cup
  • Aged cheese (Swiss, cheddar) - 1-2 ounces
  • Processed cheese - 1 ounce
  • Cottage cheese - 1/2 cup
  • Sour cream - 2 tbsp
  • Whipped cream - 1 tbsp
  • Half & half - 1 tbsp
  • Butter - 1 tsp

Medium Lactose Foods (4-9 grams)

  • Ice Cream - 1/2 cup
  • Ice milk - 1/2 cup
  • Pudding - 1/2 cup
  • Goat milk - 1 cup

High Lactose Foods (10-20 grams)

  • Milk - 1 cup
  • Buttermilk - 1 cup
  • Chocolate milk - 1 cup
  • Yoghurt - 1 cup