Do you know a highly active child who seems to have an endless supply of energy? The behavior of these children can be frustrating and confusing. Parents may even fear that there is something “wrong” with their child. However, high levels of activity are typical of many children! Almost every child is very active in some circumstances, and some may fit this description more frequently than others.

These children do not necessarily have a disorder such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It is also important to note that an inattentive child doesn’t necessarily have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), which is similar to ADHD but without hyperactivity. In many cases, diet may be a major factor in highly active children.

Linking sugar and other ingredients with very active behavior in children is a theory that began in the early 1970s by Dr. Benjamin Feingold. Parents who perceived that their children become more active after consuming sugar-filled foods have since furthered this theory.


1. Swap out sugar-covered cereals with an item that has five ingredients or less – and keep sugar under 10g.
2. Focus on whole grains, vegetables, and fruit when packing lunches.
3. Replace sugary sports drinks, soda, and juices with naturally sweetened water, teas, or milk.
4. Skip the ice cream and serve icy snacks like homemade fruit sorbets and frozen bananas.
5. Switch out candies, cookies, and cakes with wholesome snacks and fruits (apples with peanut butter, peaches and plain yogurt, whole wheat crackers and cheese, etc.).


One small cube of sugar is equal to four grams. Grab a box of cereal, a fruit juice, or a box of cookies from your refrigerator or pantry. Find the amount of sugar in grams in this item, and divide that number by four. The number you see is the amount of sugar cubes for just one serving of that item. Most often, we consume more than one serving, and those sugar cubes quickly add up. This method will allow you to see exactly how much sugar you, or the small mouths you may feed, are consuming on a daily basis.

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Health and happiness,