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putative effects of excess sugar (sugar hypothesis)


A controversial belief held by many parents and some physicians, that refined sugars–e.g., sucrose, further stimulate already hyperactive children.

Whilst physicians may recommend restriction of sugar in a child’s diet–‘…it appears that any adverse effect of sugar is by no means as severe or as prevalent as uncontrolled observation and opinion would suggest. …there is no evidence that sugar alone can turn a child with normal attention into a hyperactive child. The same applies to aspartame, which has also been suspected of causing behaviour disorders in some children. Several studies reveal no systemic differences in blood glucose levels after ingestion of sucrose in children with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder or those reported to be sensitive to sugar.’ NEJM 1994; 330:355; some data have linked the consumption of sugar on an empty stomach to increased adrenaline, resulting in a decreased ability to concentrate therefore, sweet desserts after meals may be preferable to the consumption of sweet snacks between meals. 

Reference New England Journal of Medicine 1994; 330:355  

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