Does Sucrose or Aspartame Cause Hyperactivity in Children?
Article first published online: 27 APR 2009
© 1994 International Life Sciences Institute
Volume 52, Issue 5, pages 173–175, May 1994
How to Cite
Kanarek, R. B. (1994), Does Sucrose or Aspartame Cause Hyperactivity in Children?. Nutrition Reviews, 52: 173–175. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-4887.1994.tb01415.x
- Issue published online: 27 APR 2009
- Article first published online: 27 APR 2009
Anecdotal evidence has led to the hypothesis that there is a relationship between sugar intake and hyperactive behavior. To assess this hypothesis, a recent study using a range of behavioral and cognitive measures evaluated the effects of diets high in sucrose, aspartame, and saccharin on the performance of school-aged children believed to be sensitive to sugar, and preschool children. Although intakes exceeded average dietary levels, neither sucrose nor aspartame negatively affected behavior. Taken together with previous work, these results indicate that sugar is not a major cause of hyperactivity.