Most likely, you’ve already heard that sugar makes children hyperactive. This is a widely held belief that leads parents to restrict the consumption of sugary foods and beverages primarily in the early stages of their children’s development. While it is healthy to moderate your intake of refined sugars, there are some misunderstandings in understanding the relationship between sugar and hyperactivity. Next, we will try to clarify them so that you understand the real impact of sugar on the health of children. Keep reading!
Sugar Makes Kids Hyperactive: Truth or Myth?
First of all, we must understand that food is the main source of the nutrients and fuel that our body needs to generate energy. Thus, a person of any age tends to feel more energetic after feeding, and not by going several hours without eating.
In this sense, two macronutrients stand out as the main energy sources for the body: carbohydrates and fats. But carbohydrate molecules “break down” and enter the bloodstream more easily.
For this reason, carbohydrates are the primary source of energy for our body. And when we eat a meal rich in carbohydrates, we quickly feel more active, although energy, like satiety, tends to be short-lived.
The same goes for children, logically. By consuming foods and beverages rich in sugars or carbohydrates, your body will produce energy quickly, making them more active.
Not only do sweets make children more active
Another important point to consider is that carbohydrate molecules will always turn into sugars in our body. In fact, when we consume carbohydrates, blood sugar (glucose) levels rise rapidly.
With all this, not only sweets, that is, sugary drinks and foods, can make children more active. Potatoes, pasta and breads are some examples of carbohydrate-rich foods that are not sweet or sugary.
Now, speaking specifically of the relationship of refined sugar with hyperactivity, the reality is that the scientific evidence is still weak. Most studies have failed to reach conclusive results on the impact of sugar on children’s behavior and sleep.
Thus, there is no real scientific basis for claiming that sugar makes children hyperactive.
But why are children more active after consuming sugars?
First of all, we must keep in mind that most sugary foods are also high in carbohydrates. And as we’ve already explained, children’s bodies will quickly produce energy by “processing” them.
It is also important consider in what context children supposedly become hyperactive after consuming sugar. Does this happen in any setting or only in events that involve high consumption of sugary foods and beverages?
Just because little ones are particularly active at a birthday party, where they eat a lot of treats, doesn’t mean that sugar makes kids hyperactive. It is perfectly normal that, As the games go on, the kids get excited. In addition, your body will have “plenty” sources to generate energy, accompanying the enthusiasm generated by the games.
Likewise, it is important to moderate the consumption of sugars, mainly refined ones, in children for other reasons. Do not forget that excessive consumption can increase the risk of cavities and oral diseases, obesity and diabetes.