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Parenting and Children
Sugar and Sweeteners
ADD-ADHD

Does sugar really make kids hyperactive?

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Melyssa Goodwin
November 18, 2019 8:01PM

Not for most children. Contrary to popular belief, many studies have proven there's no link between most kids' sugar consumption and their level of activity.

Some kids can be affected more than most, like those with ADHD or those who are more sensitive to blood sugar spikes—but these cases are the exception to the rule.

Some researchers suggest the perceived link between sugar and hyperactivity comes from the conditions surrounding sugar intake. High-energy events, like birthday parties, often have sugar-rich treats as a centerpiece of the festivities—it’s not the sugar that’s hyping them up, pediatric dietitian Kristi L. King suggests, but the adrenaline. Further, one study illustrated that parents who think their children have consumed sugar rate their kids’ activity levels higher, even if they never actually had any sugar.

So, although there are some notable exceptions, the link between sugar and hyper kids seems to be mostly imagined.

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Malachi Deel
2 days ago
some peaple
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Cecilia Capece
November 26, 2019 11:19PM
i think yes and here is why The sugar-hyperactivity myth is based on a single study from the mid 1970's in which a doctor removed the sugar from one child's diet and that child's behavior improved. Since then, over a dozen larger studies have been conducted and not one of them has found that sugar causes hyperactivity.
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GWANG KIM
11 hours ago
Choco chips are crunchy
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XGIJANEYX
1 day ago
yes if you give them a large amount its more the E numbers in the product/sweets and pop
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K Steimle
1 day ago
kids should only have around 25 grams of sugar each day
The sugar-hyperactivity myth is based on a single study from the mid 1970's in which a doctor removed the sugar from one child's diet and that child's behavior improved. Since then, over a dozen larger studies have been conducted and not one of them has found that sugar causes hyperactivity.
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Niema James
2 days ago
yes,beacuse its a lot of this stuff thats not relly heathly and good for you it make you hype
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Kayla Flowers
5 days ago
yes and no becuse if kid have suger problems but ifthey don't then yes
i doubt it maybe only for most children Example:if you look it up maybe but im guessing 50% but for some kids they barelly get any sugar like me because what if their parents are stricked for some reason But many studies have proven theres no link between most kids sugar conumption level of activity.
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Charity Laker
3 days ago
Wikipedia is Wicked