It was a three page spread, with a kaleidoscope of licorice, candy corn, sweet tarts and lolly pops in full color… in the special “HEALTH” section of Monday’s LA Times. Part of the headline read: “the sugar high may be a myth.” Ah, you heard it here folks—sugar has no adverse effects on our bodies or moods; that is all in our heads.
There was a quote from a nutritionist backing this up. But most of the science in the article was in direct contradiction to the narrative. A professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School was allowed one quote giving the specific changes to a person’s hormones and mental functioning due to sugar; while lots of ink was given to “early studies” that “searched in vain” for any connection to sugar changing a person’s mood or behavior.
So remember, if your child dips into his/her candy bag at Halloween and starts jumping up and down, giggling and screaming (followed by a sugar crash of possibly crying), moms out there: it’s all a figment of your imagination. Just like PMS.