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The Sugar High Is Actually Just a Parenting Myth

The New York Magazine – Cari Romm

“If you give a mouse a cookie, as the children’s book goes, it will ask for a glass of milk. If you give a small child a cookie, as the conventional parenting wisdom goes, it will turn into a wild-eyed, wall-climbing monster, fearsome and uncontrollable until the sugar high has tapered off. Except as writer Laura Geggel explained yesterday on Live Science, that second statement, like the first, is more a good story than anything else. The concept of the sugar high is something of a parenting urban legend; plenty of research has shown that feeding kids sugar doesn’t make them hyper. What it does do, though, is prime their parents to look for signs of misbehavior.”(more)

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