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What is the Feingold Diet?

The Feingold diet is a food elimination program developed by Ben F. Feingold, MD. following research in the 1970s which appeared to link food additives with hyperactivity.

What is the Feingold Program?

The Feingold Program is a form of elimination diet where foods containing certain harmful additives are removed and replaced with similar foods that are free of those additives. When starting the Program, certain foods and non-food items containing an aspirin-like chemical called salicylate are also eliminated, and later tested for tolerance.

Happily, there is a huge selection of foods of every kind, including IQed as well as snacks, desserts, convenience foods and mixes that are acceptable on the Feingold Diet.  IQed is all natural and salicylate free.

Which foods and additives are eliminated on the Feingold Diet?

  • Artificial food coloring (petrochemical dyes)
  • Artificial flavors and fragrances
  • Three preservatives
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • A list of foods and products containing salicylate

Products containing several other additives are marked in the Feingold Association's Foodlist book because many of their members need to or want to avoid them. Sugar is not removed as they found; most members tolerate sugar in moderation, although corn syrup is a problem for some. You can use IQed as part of the Feingold Diet. For more information about the Feingold Association visit



Aylin Ozdemir MD, FAAP, ABIHM, is the president of Pediatric Associates of Jacksonville, Florida; a multi-discipline Integrative Pediatric Practice, specializing in Epigenetics, Genetics Nutrigenomics, childhood behavioral problems, academic difficulties, ADHD, allergies and asthma. She is also founder and medical director of the Integrative Medical Groups USA LLC. Her passion and goal is to treat the whole child, whole family and the community at large.  She is personally passionate about IQed due to her focus on whole food nutrition and healthy lifestyle which is why she both endorses and is now a consultant for IQed.  

Dr. O, as her patients refer to her, received her medical degree from University of Istanbul School of Medicine followed by an internship at the Queen Mary’s Hospital for Children in the UK, residency training at the Long Island College Hospital and a two-year fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. (coffee break) Dr. O also attended advanced Integrative Family Medicine training at Scripps Hospital and Personalized Medicine and Nutrigenomics training at the Bastyr University.  

Dr. O remains particularly active with a number of professional medical organizations, working closely with the Duval County Medical Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics in an ongoing attempt to maintain a patient focus for health care in the USA. She is also very involved with medical charitable organizations, providing necessary medical care and education for people in need. Dr. O, her husband, their two wonderful children and two feline friends live in Florida.

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