Does excess sugar in a child cause aggressiveness?

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    This may be better suited on Health.SE. – Bugs May 14 '17 at 13:12
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    Are you asking about short-term or long-term sugar intake? (e.g., is this about the impact of one piece of candy, or about a kid who regularly eats more sugar than recommended?) – Acire May 14 '17 at 15:57

Some studies say it doesn't. In fact, it seems the sugar myth is a hard one to beat. The meta-analytic synthesis of the studies to date found that sugar does not affect the behavior or cognitive performance of children.

Busting the Sugar-Hyperactivity Myth

An analysis of the results of all these studies was published in the November 22, 1995 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The researchers' conclusions? Sugar in the diet did not affect the children's behavior. The authors did point out, though, that the studies didn't rule out completely that sugar might be having a slight effect on a small number of children. ... If after looking at everything else in your child's life you still feel food is causing an adverse reaction, your first step should be to consult with your child's doctor. Extreme approaches, such as eliminating whole groups of foods, can do more harm than good. After giving your child a complete physical and studying his history, your doctor may refer you to a nutritionist or an allergist -- or you might seek one out on your own.

As a teacher, we found that hunger, and thirst could make children more agitated. Blame serotonin


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