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May 03, 2007




We have a 7-year old daughter with Asperger Syndrome (Aspergers is an autism-spectrum disorder that shares some symptoms with ADD/ADHD individuals).

Three years ago, we tried the Feingold Diet treatment and have had good success with it helping her attention span, anxiety, and general outbursts.

However, my wife and I found it somewhat difficult to find many of the Feingold-accepted foods, so we created The Asperger's Store at, which lists all the Feingold-accepted foods which carries.

Hopefully, this list will be of some help to others who read your blog.


Richard Petty

Dear Craig,

Thank you so much for writing.

I am delighted to hear that the Feingold Diet helped your daughter. As you discovered, it can be a bear to follow it.

I have looked at your website and I am more than happy to publicize it.

It is well constructed and I like your balanced approach to the products that you carry.

I wish you, your family and your clients the very best of health.

Kind regards,


Jane Hersey

There is an inaccuracy in your web site. You write: "The biggest problem with the Feingold and other elimination diets is that they are hard to follow and to maintain."

Dear Dr. Petty,

Thank you for your attention to detail as you write about some of the studies that deal with diet and ADHD. However, you share a common misconception with many others -- that it is difficult to follow the Feingold diet. If a parent were to try to do this on their own it could be difficult, this is why we formed a support group and why we research brand name products and publish books listing thousands of acceptable foods. [Our database contains over 11,000 products.]

We also research non-food products, some medications and fast food.

This list of products is intended to be used by the newcomer, so they can run a fairly pure trial to see if our program will help. Once they have gained some experience most families find they can add in many additional brand name foods and make educated choices.

Some of the products that are being successfully used by Feingold families include: Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix, Kraft White Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese Mix, Natural Cheetos, Natural Doritos,
Coca Cola, Big Macs, Subway sandwiches, Einstein Bagels, Domino's Pizza, Arby's Roast Beef sandwich, Ghirardelli Chocolate candy bars, SunRidge Farms natural jelly beans, Kellogg's Crispix, Hershey's Cocoa, Welch's Grape Juice, Minute Maid Orange Juice, Post Raisin Bran, Heinz Ketchup, Fritos Corn Chips, Minute Rice, Hellmann's Mayonnaise, Land O Lakes Butter, Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Aunt Jemima Easy Mix Coffee Cake, Breyer's Vanilla Frozen Yogurt, Breyer's Natural Ice Cream, Chicken of the Sea Tuna, Louis Rich Luncheon Meat, Oscar Meyer Luncheon Meat, Planter's Nuts, most brands of rice, noodles and pasta, Jiffy Pop Popcorn, etc.

Craig's family uses the Feingold Program, but they have also added a gluten-free diet, which is very difficult to follow; his web site offers some of the products that are both Feingold-acceptable and gluten free. Unfortunately, his message to you gave the impression that the Feingold diet is restrictive, which it is not.

Many people misunderstand the Feingold diet, believing that it cuts out sugar, or chocolate, or requires one to buy only organic foods. We encourage them to visit our web site at to get accurate information.

Please consider taking a closer look at our work and editing the comments on your site.

Thank you,
Jane Hersey, Director
Feingold Association of the US

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