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Did you know that sugar does NOT cause hyperactivity in children? There are several recent studies that prove this. I personally limit my children's intake of sugar for health reasons, sugar-free drinks, healthy snacks etc.

I laughed when a family member threw a fit because I toasted marshmallows for bed time snack. She preached that I would never get them to sleep..... they followed their normal routine brushing their teeth etc., they went to bed on time with no issues.

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Asked by Wildkitten82 at 12:25 PM on May. 19, 2011 in General Parenting

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  • There might be studies out there but I do my own lol. I can tell you with 100% certainty that my grandson will bounce off the walls if he has too much sugar.

    Answer by gemgem at 12:26 PM on May. 19, 2011

  • I agree with gemgem.. My kids are allowed to have sugar before bedtime sometimes but I always do it knowing there;s hell to pay afterwards haha

    Answer by mysevenkids at 12:28 PM on May. 19, 2011

  • That's just like when people say you will catch a cold by just simply getting cold!

    Answer by AngieBry at 12:28 PM on May. 19, 2011

  • It may not cause hyperactivity, but it will definately give them a rush, with a crash... but if the sugar is coming from something with chocolate, you also have the caffine in the chocolate, which is probably why people think that.

    Answer by nybor48 at 12:29 PM on May. 19, 2011

  • Same here gemgem. My 11 year old will bounce off the walls but my 4 year old will not.

    I think it depends on the child.

    Answer by Jademom07 at 12:29 PM on May. 19, 2011

  • Did you know that sugar does NOT cause hyperactivity in children? Yup.... I've know this all along. Your body burns thru the sugar quick then you crash. I have no problem with the kids having ice cream or something like that before bed.... as long as they brush their teeth. It's never kept them from falling right asleep.


    Answer by Crafty26 at 12:30 PM on May. 19, 2011

  • mmmmm toasted masrhmellow!!!

    Answer by KiraStadnik at 12:31 PM on May. 19, 2011

  • It is a proven fact that sugar free drinks that use sweeteners r worse for the health and the teeth!

    Answer by dancer at 12:32 PM on May. 19, 2011

  • My children don't get any "sugar rush" when they eat sweets. They've eaten sweets before bed. My biggest concern is making sure they brush their teeth well.

    Answer by MeandMyBabes at 12:34 PM on May. 19, 2011

  • Not all sugar free drinks are equal, I pay a pretty penny for my children's, Xylitol is a great sugar alternative.

    Comment by Wildkitten82 (original poster) at 12:37 PM on May. 19, 2011

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