Do Not Blame Sugar
Timeless Health Tip
The American Dietetic Association says, "Claims of an association between sugar and hyperactivity have not been supported. Even in children who, by report, are sensitive to sugar."
A study published in 1994 focused exclusively on behavior of children identified as having negative reactions to sugar. The research team studied how these children, ages six to ten, behaved when given a large amount of sucrose. They compared their behavior to that of those on a low-sucrose diet. No differences were identified.
The team did a similar study of pre-schoolers because they are thought to have more food sensitivity than older children. The outcome was the same - no discernible difference in behavior attributable to sugar.
These findings have been confirmed by a dozen other studies in recent years.
From Science Direct
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is based on symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity to the extent that they impair a child's ability to function. Primary beneficial treatments are medication and behavioral therapy, and there is suggestive evidence that the combination has long term benefits. Dietary interventions have included diets that restrict allergenic foods and add foods that do not worsen behavior, diets that restrict additives/preservatives (the Feingold diet), diets that restrict sugar, and dietary supplements, including zinc and fatty acids. To date, these dietary interventions have not been proven to be efficacious or still require further study to better determine their effects.