[Effect of an oligo-antigen diet on the behavior of hyperkinetic children]

Z Kinder Jugendpsychiatr Psychother. 1996 Sep;24(3):176-83.
[Article in German]


The influence of an oligoantigenic diet on different dimensions of the behavior of 21 children diagnosed as having attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was examined. Treatment effects were assessed with three subjective measures (two questionnaires and an interview) and three objective measures (two attention tests and actometer). The study was divided into three phases: baseline, diet and provocation, each lasting three weeks. A crossover design was used. A significant effect was found for the subjective measures, but not for the objective measures. The results are discussed in terms of possible types of effects, e. g. rater effects and environmental effects. It may be that the oligoantigenic diet influences only certain dimensions of hyperactivity.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • English Abstract
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / diet therapy*
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / etiology
  • Benzoates / administration & dosage
  • Benzoates / adverse effects*
  • Benzoic Acid
  • Child
  • Food Coloring Agents / administration & dosage
  • Food Coloring Agents / adverse effects*
  • Food Hypersensitivity / complications
  • Food Hypersensitivity / diet therapy*
  • Food Preservatives / administration & dosage
  • Food Preservatives / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Personality Assessment
  • Tartrazine / administration & dosage
  • Tartrazine / adverse effects*
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Benzoates
  • Food Coloring Agents
  • Food Preservatives
  • Benzoic Acid
  • Tartrazine