The Low-Down on 'Sugar High'

It's a myth, research finds

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(HealthDayNews) -- The "sugar high" -- the connection between candy and a child's hyperactivity -- has been accepted as fact for so long, it's been used in court as "the Twinkie defense." And as everyone knows, it's still a favorite weapon of mothers bent on curbing their kids' sweet tooths.

Sorry, folks. In a combined analysis of 16 studies conducted between 1982 and 1984, researchers found that "sugar does not affect the behavior or cognitive performance of children." The study has been reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

So why do parents believe otherwise? According to the researchers, it may be because children's sugar intake is higher than normal at parties and on holidays, when kids tend to be excited and overactive anyway.

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