Sugar doesn't make children hyper

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When you're a parent whose child has a birthday party coming up, the thought of it can fill you with dread; sweets, fizzy drinks and cake - how will they possibly calm down afterwards?

However the assumption that sugar causes kids to be hyperactive has now been slammed by experts, with psychologists explaining that it's mums and dads who put two and two together. In reality, what appears as a sugar rush is simply the adrenaline children feel when they are united and it just so happens that there are sugary treats around them.

If anything, predicting that kids will get excited and act up after eating such things only encourages youngsters to meet the stereotype, according to Professor David Benton, professor of psychology at Swansea University.