The “Sugar High” Myth

| December 20, 2016 | 4 Comments

Candy-filled Halloween was not long ago, yet we’re already into the Christmas cookie season. Given that, I have a fun fact for you:

Did you know that the “sugar high” is not a thing?

I admittedly sometimes feel skeptical, especially on Halloween night, spending a good hour being mauled by my two rowdy, KitKat-filled post-trick-or-treaters dressed as blanket ghosts.

But, according to research (and this isn’t new), an overload of Halloween candy or Christmas doesn’t actually make kids into wild baboons. It’s the excitement of the day/season, or parents’ expectation of a sugar high that makes it seem related. We see it because we are looking for it.

So how do you like that? The correlation between sugar and craziness was all in your imagination. So when your kids are having a post-Snickers swing from the curtains, or doing donkey kicks in the tub… all in your imagination.

I have quite the imagination sometimes, it seems.

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Category: Family, Kids, Moms

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I am a lifelong (award-winning!) cartoonist and mother of two delightful boys, aged 4 and 2. I like to view today's adventures in parenting as material for tomorrow's cartoon. Looking at family life through "cartoon-coloured glasses" helps me keep the all-important sense of humour required for raising kids... even for the events that don't seem so funny at the time.

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  1. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I had a good laugh at the cartoon. I must admit I’ve never believed in a ‘sugar high’ since we grew up used to having lots of sugar which was normal in our region. Sugar not usually in the form of candy but things like 2 tsps of sugar in a cup of tea or coffee.

  2. Lynda Cook says:

    I have a hard time believing that, so if it’s a myth what about the other days that do not fall on a holiday, hmmmm, these people that say it’s a myth must not have kids!!

  3. Kristi says:

    I’ve read that it’s not a sugar high, but that kids become hyper from artificial colours and flavours. They can really affect a person, especially a child. I personally have to avoid green food colouring.

  4. AD says:

    Sugar is known (and has been proven) to alter the body’s physiology and chemical/hormonal balances. So I imagine it effects little bodies even harder than adult ones. Especially in excess amounts. So I believe that sugar highs exist… LOL! 🙂

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