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Do candy and soda make you hyper?

Dear Dr. Cory:

Do candy and soda make you hyper?

Janice Yu Los Angeles, California

Dear Janice:

Chocolate candy and some soft drinks contain caffeine. Caffeine can make you feel restless and jumpy, or "hyper." Candy and sodas usually have a lot of sugar in them, too. For some time now, teachers, parents, and health-care providers have questioned whether or not foods that contain a lot of sugar can make children hyper.

Recently, researchers took another look at the studies done on this subject. They found that sugar does not affect the behavior of most children. There is, however, the possibility that sugar may have an effect on a small number of children. Research is also being done to see if there is a connection between hyperactivity and the additives and dyes used in foods.

The next time you crave something sweet, reach for a piece of fruit instead of candy or cookies. A healthful diet including grains, vegetables, and fruits gives your body the vitamins, minerals, fiber, and nutrients that it needs.

Dear Parents:

A sugar-free diet can be hard on a child and his family. Before making any dietary changes, there should first be strong proof that there is a problem, and then it should be discussed with your doctor.
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Title Annotation:Ask Doctor Cory; Parent's Guide
Author:SerVaas, Cory
Publication:Children's Playmate
Date:Dec 1, 1996
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