The Link Between Food, Behavior, and Polyphenols

In this episode of ‘Kid’s Corner’, pediatrician Dr. Liz Mumper explains the link between food behavior and polyphenols.

When children have an intolerance to polyphenols, they can exhibit strange behaviors including hyperactivity, aggression, night sweats and sleep issues, and their ears and cheeks may become flushed. Dr. Mumper notes that this intolerance occurs more often in children with autism. She then discusses strategies for discovering if your child has this dietary issue.

For many kids, polyphenol rich foods are very healthy. But if your child is struggling with behavior issues, it’s worth checking their diet. Foods that contain polyphenols include:

  • Blueberries
  • Plums
  • Cherries
  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Black currants
  • Black olives
  • Dark chocolate
  • Black tea
  • Coffee
  • Hazelnuts
  • Pecans
  • Turmeric
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Cumin

Watch the video and listen to Dr. Mumper’s fascinating clinical experiencing helping parents and children overcome behavior issues related to poor polyphenol digestion.

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