Well, actually, the effect on children’s behavior is an urban legend. Research has found that activity levels for the same child are constant with or without sugar. We should know. Sugar doesn’t turn any of us into rampaging monsters, so why would a child’s physiology be any different?
There may be long-term health issues with eating a great deal of sugar. But, like most food items, anything in moderation likely won’t hurt you. And how can anyone learn to take sugar in moderation except by choosing whether or not to eat it and how often? Children who judge their own sugar consumption will be very different adults than those for whom sugar has always been forbidden and, suddenly in adulthood, can have as much sugar as they want.
When we say that the children are free to make their own choices, we mean it. Like anything else, what they eat is a free choice. Our children can eat sugar or not. It’s their lives. It’s their choice.
Sean Vivier, MLSS Staff