Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Father Knows Best (Mom's Too Nervous)

"Several studies suggest that any link between sugar and hyperactivity is one of parental perception, rather than reality. In one study, mothers who were told the child received sugar reported more hyperactive behavior, even when the food was in fact artificially sweetened. Mothers who were told the child received a low-sugar snack were less likely to report worse behavior."

-- Tara Parker-Pope, showing how NewAge perceptions can fool the ignorant into fanatically attacking beneficial (and/or historically harmless) substances, in the New York Times

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm.

    Personally I'd be more interested if the child ingested caffeine rather than sugar.

    Kids today eat enormous amounts of sugar and, particularly with soda, caffeine.