Mitchell Rosen: Does Halloween candy lead to hyperactivity?

By in Press Enterprise on October 7, 2017

By Catherine Celentano

Halloween is coming up and I have to admit my bias.

From a kid’s point of view, Halloween is probably the greatest holiday ever invented. Imagine being a kid, getting to stay up late on a school night, dressing up as whatever you want and going door to door where you are given free candy! Doesn’t get much better than that.

I live in a conservative part of southwest Riverside County. Lots of parents around here do not support Halloween and instead have their kids go to a church harvest festival. I get that; if the holiday affronts a person’s sense of propriety, they have every right to not participate.

For a lot of children however, Halloween is coming and it’s all they can think about.

I buy a ton of candy hoping kids in my neighborhood will come in droves. Depends on the year; sometimes we get a lot, other times barely a trickle. I buy enough candy however to support a small country just in case. Selflessly, I buy only the candies I like, knowing there is a chance of leftovers. By Nov. 1 or 2, I have overeaten so much candy I take the remainder to my office.

Some parents don’t want their kids to take candy from the bowl in my office. It’s not hard to understand why a parent wouldn’t want their kids to eat a substance with no nutritional value and a propensity for promoting tooth decay. Nope, not a tough read. Sometimes, however, the parent will say the reason they are stopping their kids is because they don’t want them hyped up — and it seems that everyone believes sugar makes kids hyper.

Actually, I could find no studies that correlate sugar intake with an increase in hyperactivity. It’s a myth. I went to the Yale Scientific Journal and […]    

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