Does sugar make kids hyper?

Jul 16, 2017

No.

There have been more than a dozen scientific studies demonstrating that sugar does not make kids hyper. There isn’t a biological explanation for a “sugar high,” and there have been controlled studies showing sugar doesn’t in and of itself impact children’s energy levels.

Then why do so many parents believe sugar causes hyperactivity?

This is an enduring myth because parents often see their children excited at parties where they eat cake and candy or drink soda. Research suggests this excitement is actually due to the party itself, not the sugar.

Why should I trust you?

In doing thorough research on this topic, we found these to be the most useful and factual sources. We recommend reading them if you’d like more in-depth information:

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