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Does sugar cause hyperactivity in children?

By Georgia Holleran (For more about The Modern Educator’s Emporium of Smart Thinking go to:www.thesmartthinkingclub.com)

The root of this myth may lie in 1922 when pediatrician WR Shannon removed sugar from the diet of a group of children and noted that they became less restless and irritable. However, the sugar/hyperactivity link was made more public when pediatrician and allergist Benjamin Feingold published The Feingold Diet in 1973. He had been studying the effects of food colourings and preservatives on hyperactive children and recommended that parents avoid any foods containing additives. Sugar was not directly mentioned but the war against additives had begun and led to numerous publications, including Dufty’s Sugar Blues (1975) comparing sugar and its production to that of heroin.

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