** Parental Warning—if you are trying to get your child to cut back on the sweets, then tear this page out of the issue before you leave it to decoratively accent your coffee table. What I am about to share will seriously throw off the parent-child continuum, ruining any adult credibility for many generations to come… .
Sugar does not make children hyper.
As a matter of fact, dozens of studies have disproved this parental posture including a 1995 finding published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
I know! I fell for it, too! So what gives? How could something so annoyingly obvious to millions of parents be so, well, wrong!? The Cornel Center for Materials Research offers two suggestions. To begin with, many of the circumstances in which we allow children to have sweets — like parties — are environments already charged with high energy. Second, as parents, we often perceive our children as being hyperactive following sweets because that’s what we’ve been conditioned to think. This theory was further supported in a study published in a 1994 issue of Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. The study indicated that "parents who believe a child's behavior is affected by sugar are more likely to perceive their children as hyperactive."
However, before we toss our entire adult belief system out the window and throw chocolate to the wind, let’s not forget the countless studies and health organizations which remind us that sugar does play a proven role in health problems such as poor dental health, juvenile diabetes and obesity, to name a few.
So take a good look at the overall health benefits of a high-sugar diet (even if it is only holiday-temporary). On the flip side, I’ve seen a few adults who could use some advice on food intake and hyperactivity; maybe the fine folks at Cornell need to take a look at coffee before bed.