Can a million mothers be wrong?
By The Horse
Walnut Creek, California
February 3, 2018 10:31am CST
We've all heard that too much sugar makes children go nutso, and that parents throwing a birthday party for an 8-year-old should be ready for some will behaviors among the kids there. But did you know that there's very little research to support this connection, and that most psychologists consider the sugar-hyperactivity connection to be a myth? Children get hyper when they're overstimulated, not because birthday cake or Halloween candy gives them a sugar high. There have even been well-controlled "double blind" experiments to support the "myth" hypothesis. What do you think?
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• Anniston, Alabama
I do not know. I always allowed the children I was in charge of to play and run off their sugar and on days I wanted to be mean I allowed them to have candy before mom picked them up sometimes buying and sending with them horns or drums. Kids love me
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• Walnut Creek, California
@kobesbuddy Nah, I don't worry about it that much. Some of the kids I work with are old enough to discuss this kin of thing with me. "Let me know if you turn into a raving lunatic because I bought you a Big Mac and Coke after we shot hoops."
I have read from many sources that it is not at all sure that sugar makes kids hyperactive. As you say it's more the situation that makes them excited, like having a party with other kids, being allowed to do things that are not usually allowed or stay up later just because they are having a fan time with friends.
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• Hyderabad, India
I think i support research because in our time when we used to have these kind of stuffs it was more natural but now a days all foods are grown with chemical so might be because of that there will be a risk of getting of disease.
• Fairfield, Texas
I don't know @TheHorse . What's in the Power Drinks that makes teenagers bounce off the walls? Is that caffeine? One things for sure about the sugar thing though and that is that it rots the hell out of the kids teeth.
In my opinion, it is not the loaded with sugary foods that make the children hyperactive. As children, we 5 siblings all girls grew up hyperactive too. That's because we have a big lawn where we can play hide and seek, running and a lot of games. My daughter wasn't super active when she was a kid because she's always with her nanny at home. But when she is at school, the nanny says she's so super active because she has playmates.
• New Zealand
I do know that back in the 70s our toddler son was always hyper after sugar. One occasion when he grabbed the sugar bowl and scoffed it down on a very ordinary occasion he went over the top with hyperactive behaviour. Apparently research shows it's not the sugar but the chemicals to whiten it.
• United States
I have a grandson that has a sugar flip-out about twenty minutes after eating cake or candy or cookies or.....well you get the idea. They may not have done a scientific study of it but he could certainly be a case study for the proof of that theory.