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The Sugar Paradox

GRZEXP Staff- Max Wood

Almost everyone at one time or another can remember their parents telling them not to eat sugar because it makes you energetic. But as more and more experiments are done, scientists are beginning to question whether this statement is true. Sugar has been an important part of mankind’s history since about 1069 AD when it was first invented. It stayed that way until 1885 when the agricultural research began to use sugar in many of its experiments. Sugar is a major part in almost any food or drink you buy, unless it is specifically taken out and replaced with other things that make food sweet.

One of the most conclusive experiments about sugar hyperactivity, was conducted in 1994. It states “Children (some of whom had been identified by their parents as sugar-sensitive) and their families were placed on a different diet for three consecutive three-week periods. For each period, the families consumed a diet either high in sucrose with no artificial sweeteners, a diet low in sucrose and containing aspartame (artificial sweetener).” And “The authors concluded that ‘neither sucrose or aspartame produces discernible cognitive or behavioural effects in normal preschool children or in school-age children believed to be sensitive to sugar” (Science.org, Does Sugar Really Make Kids Hyper). This in simple English terms simply states that sugar and other sweeteners had no effect on the kids that were said to be sensitive to those products.

Along with that research “Most in the medical industry maintain there is no known link between sugar and hyperactivity”(Webmd.com, Busting the Sugar Hyperactivity Myth). These researches and medical professionals have agreed that further studies still need to be done to prove that sugar has no effect on hyperactivity, and that sugar is still unhealthy in large quantities for young children. It still is a leading cause of tooth decay and other dietary issues. But the myth that sugar makes kids hyperactive, will never resurface again. 

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