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How to Stop a Sugar Rush

By Sean Mullin ; Updated April 18, 2017
Candy is typically pointed to as a culprit for hyperactivity.

Parents claim that sugar intake clearly affects their children's behavior, but no scientific studies have proven this claim true. A 1995 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggested that sugar did not impact children's behavior, and a 1994 study in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology demonstrated that parents may be imagining their children's behavioral changes. However, diet changes may improve the behavior of children with ADHD, according to a February 2011 study published in The Lancet, which identified the additives and preservatives in processed food as a possible cause of hyperactivity, not a sugar rush.

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Eliminate processed foods from your family's diet and consume more meat, fruit, vegetables and whole grains.

Add processed foods back into your diet and watch for behavioral changes in you or your children.

Consider the situation if further hyperactivity persists. If sugar rushes tend to occur during parties or breaks from work, note that the situation, not the sugar, may be inspiring the undesired feelings or behavior.


These statements cannot substitute for the opinion of a medical professional. If hyperactivity becomes a serious problem, consult a doctor.

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About the Author

Sean Mullin has been creating online content since 2007. He also worked in an online writing center for college students. In addition to writing, Sean has a Master of Arts in classics and teaches Greek and Latin part-time at the college level.

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