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Halloween is over, but the candy still remains. In most houses, at least a few pieces of sweet stuff stick around in the days and weeks after the big night.
Moms cringe when they see their children downing those morsels of candy every night. Do they really want a houseful of hyper children?
For decades, there has been one prevailing thought about children and sugar. It was passed down from our great grandparents to our grandparents to our moms. And we just keep passing it along. Sugar makes us hyper, right? Our moms told us so.
Since kids get hyper after eating sugar, adults therefore assume if they're feeling tired in the afternoon, a little office birthday cake will do the trick.
Wrong. Sugar doesn't make kids or adults hyper. At all. Separate research studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and Journal for Abnormal Child Psychology showed that sugar had no more impact on a child's behavior than a placebo. In fact, in one instance researchers found moms rated their children as more hyperactive when they thought they'd had sugar and they actually hadn't. To be technical about it...
"If you’re energy depleted (i.e. an elite athlete), fructose can be converted to glycogen (liver starch) as a storehouse for ready energy, which can then be fished out of your liver if your body needs glucose in the future (for more exercise or if you’re starving). But most of us aren’t energy depleted, so fructose gets turned into liver fat, driving insulin resistance."--Time Magazine.
What myth have you found still persists in our society today, despite scientific evidence to the contrary?