Kids, Sugar, and Martial Arts

In our family classes at the United Martial Arts Center, we teach our kids many important aspects of martial arts, among them focus, discipline, and respect. But we have an enemy when it comes to passing these values along, and that enemy’s name is sugar.

Sugar has a strong effect on children’s behavior, attention, and learning. Studies of the effects of sugar show that most children are sugar-sensitive, meaning their behavior, attention span, and learning ability deteriorate in proportion to the amount of sugar they consume. One study showed that the adrenaline levels in children remained 10 times higher than normal for up to five hours after a test dose of sugar. Studies have also shown that some children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) experience abnormally aggressive behavior after consuming sugar.

Sugar also promotes cravings. A high-sugar snack raises the blood glucose level, which triggers excess insulin. The insulin stays in the system, building a craving for more sugar, so kids who have eaten sugar aren’t focused on martial arts, but on more sugar.

As noted in our previous blog, “Eat for Success,” kids are much better off with a snack of fruit, nuts, crackers, or cheese, before a lesson. They’ll be much better prepared for our family lessons, which you can learn more about by calling 978-762-0454.

By: United Martial Arts Center

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1 Comment

  1. Great Blog Steve B! As I read this article I could hear a choir in the background singing “Hallelujah”!


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