Fine Line Between Sugar & Behavior

The link between children’s behavior and diet is far from clear. Most scientific organizations contend there is little relationship, if any; most parents who have seen their kids bouncing off the walls after eating refined sugar believe otherwise.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), publisher of the Nutrition Action Newsletter (balanced and well-reasoned — one of my favorites), now advises parents whose children have ADHD to consider modifying their children’s diets as a first means of treatment before resorting to drug therapy.

I hope that new research sheds more light on how foods and food additives affect behavior. In the meantime, I hope that the little we do know is brought to the attention of parents and others who care for our children.

Published on: November 02, 1999
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