How Can Sugar and Caffeine Affect My Child?

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How sugar and caffeine can affect your child. I'm going to take those separately. So sugar. When I first started out in my doctorate I wanted to prove that sugar was the big bad guy, and I really in the beginning of 1990s was laughed out of my PhD classes because there really wasn't any data to support that sugar was bad for you.

And that sugar was sugar was sugar and it didn't really didn't matter where it came from. Now let's fast forward 15, 20 years, and now there is data. There's data to show that fructose gets stored in your liver and there's a difference between your having too much fructose versus having too much glucose.

But I have to say that the number one question a lot of people ask is does sugar make my child hyper? Well you know what? Don't look in the literature. Just open your door after you give your kid a candy bar. Yes it makes them hyper. In my experience as a mother, and as a friend, and as an aunt, and as a practitioner, sugar makes kids really, really hyper and it's not just the sugar too it's also the simple carbohydrates.

So if you're giving your child a whole green diet based on fruits and vegetables and protein, that's not going to make them hyper, but these processed grains and sugar will. How much caffeine should your child have? The answer to that is none, it's not a nutrient, and that's why you don't see it on the energy drink label.

On the nutrition facts label, you will see nutrients but you won't see caffeine because it is a chemical, it is a drug. So caffeine, the amount that is not prescribed but allowed in a child's diet is 2.5 milligrams per kilogram of body weight, and what that means is if you are a five year old is about 45 milligrams a day.

If you're a 10 year old, that's more like 70 milligrams a day. Experts are saying that you really shouldn't have more than 100 milligrams a day if you're a child and that you shouldn't have it every day because you don't want to get addicted to it and develop a tolerance and then have withdrawal.

So caffeine gets absorbed into every cell in the body. It has an effect on the heart muscle, it has an effect on how hyper your child can be. There's really not much that I can say that isn't affected by caffeine because it affects every system of the body.