How can sugar cause behavior problems in children?

Erik Fisher
Psychology
As a psychologist, I see a number of kids and adults with different dietary issues. I have seen children with allergies, more accurately an intolerance to sugar who crave it and hoard it. The impact of the intolerance is often an increase in aggressive and impulsive behavior. Even very small amounts can result in significant changes in behavior. I have observed that it can take roughly 30 days for the body to remove sugar from the system, as evidenced by continued erratic behavior, even though it has such a short direct impact of about 30 minutes to one hour.

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