It’s a golden rule of parenting: No sugar before bed. But does sugar really give you energy? A new study has found there’s no such thing as a sugar rush. In fact, sweet foods have been found to cause fatigue, not hyperactivity.
The results of the study, which involved 1,300 people, were published in
Sugar consumption has virtually no effect on how people act, no matter how much is consumed. It doesn’t improve performance in sports. Instead, within 30 minutes of consumption, it increases feelings of fatigue. Within 60 minutes, sugar significantly lowers alertness.
Despite the “sugar rush” myth being so prevalent in popular culture, “people still consume large quantities of sugar in an effort to improve their mood and boost their alertness,” lead study author Dr. Konstantinos Mantantzis told Elemental Medium. Turns out, that candy bar after lunch, or Gatorade before the big game, is pointless. Sugar may provide temporary energy as your body metabolizes it, like any food, but that pep quickly crashes.
Basically, sugar isn’t a magic pick-me-up solution. It’s nowhere near as long-lasting as caffeine, and in many ways is a lot worse for you than other foods. Sugar is linked to childhood
Mantantzis and his fellow researchers said their hopes are the study’s findings “increase the public’s awareness that the ‘sugar rush’ is a myth,” helping to decrease the public’s sugar consumption and making room for healthier alternatives.