Lauren GuricanChild PsychologyDoes Sugar Cause HyperactivityContrary to popular belief, sugar does not cause hyperactivity in children. Parents often perceive a difference in their children’s behavior that is not really there, or they ignore other factors that are more likely affecting the child’s behavior (such as the high activity level at parties and other gatherings where sugar consumption is high).The Feingold diet is a good elimination program developed by Ben Feingold to treat hyperactivity. It is based upon the elimination of food additives such as artificial colors and flavors, certain preservatives, and aspartame, etc. from one’s diet. While there is wide spread debate amongst the medical community as to the effectiveness of the program, there are many who support it.The idea is that the chemical additives in foods can affect behavior just like alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine do; and that people my have different sensitivities to different additives that cause different reactions (thus different changes in behavior).
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