Can Children Really Get ‘Sugar High’?

Can Children Really Get ‘Sugar High’?

The idea that sugar might cause a child to behave badly first appeared in medical literature during the year 1922. However, the public had no grasp of it until Dr. Ben Feingold released his best-selling book, “Why Your Child Is Hyperactive,” in the year 1975.
 
In one of the chapters in his book, he describes a mother with a “wiry son loved soft drinks, candy, and cake.” He went on saying that the child also seemed to go completely wild after birthday parties or family gatherings.
 
It was during this time when stimulant drugs, such as Ritalin and amphetamine were becoming popular for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. For parents who were against drug side-effects opt for a simpler more enticing solution – eliminating sugar from their child’s diet.
 
Several studies supported this theory, suggesting that high sugar diets can cause spikes in insulin secretion, which can trigger adrenaline production and hyperactivity. However, a lot of these theories had very weak data and were soon questioned by other scientists.
 
It was in 1994 that a group of scientists tested normal pre-schoolers and children whose parents described them as being sensitive to sugar. The study concluded that sugar does not affect children’s behavior or cognitive function.
 
At Maple Lawn Montessori of Manassas, we believe that every child is special and has unique individual needs. That is why our Montessori preschool in Manassas, Virginia, provides only the most effective programs that will ensure your child’s optimum wellness and development.
 
It’s difficult to choose a learning system for your child. Of course, we all want the best for our kids. Why don’t you give Montessori school in Manassas a try?
 
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