Do children become hyperactive from too much sugar?
Scientific studies have found no relationship between children’s sugar intake and problems in their concentration or behaviour.
Even though the media and popular debates often promote a relationship between sugar intake and hyperactivity in children, there are no scientific reports to support this.
Scientific studies have found no relationship between children’s sugar intake and problems in concentration or behaviour. Current research suggests instead that genetics play an important role.
In general, regular and healthy eating habits are essential for concentration, performance and behaviour. This goes for all of us – not just children.
For further information please read the references:
1. Benton D (2008). Sucrose and behavioral problems. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr, 48, 385-401.
2. Wolraich, M. L., Wilson, D. B. & White, J. W (1995). The effect of sugar on behavior or cognition in children. A meta-analysis. JAMA, 274,1617-21.
3. Stevenson J (1992). Evidence for a genetic etiology in hyperactivity in children. Behavior Genetics,22:337-344.