Myth 5: Sugar makes kids hyperactive
"Studies have found no such effect on children," says Scott Sicherer, M.D., an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City. "In fact, lab animals that are fed high-sugar diets become less active." Where did this myth come from? It's possible that when a parent sees a child becoming energetic after consuming sweets like chocolate or soda, both of which contain caffeine, the stimulant may be the overlooked culprit behind a child's hyperactivity, Dr. Sicherer says.