Do kids get hyperactive by eating too much sugar and junk food? Could it even contribute to problems with ADHD? Parents everywhere seem to believe it. But some experts claim that it’s a myth.
The science seems far from certain. A new review recommends more studies on long-term sugar intake and the risk of ADHD. And a large well-designed study published in 2011 clearly showed that a diet change (including less sugar and processed food) reduces symptoms in most kids with ADHD.
TV-documentaries are no replacement for peer-reviewed science. But the British test in the video above is fascinating. One group of kids celebrate by eating cakes and candy and drinking soda. One group eats more nutritious real food. What do you think happens?
(You can see the introduction, 4 minutes long, here. But the 5-minute summary above tells the whole story.)
Do kids get hyperactive by eating sugar, candy and junk food? What do you think? And is there really any good science to disprove the theory? Leave a comment below.