Glucose is the main source of fuel for the brain and 75 percent of it is used by the brain at rest! It seems almost common sense then, that playing around with a child’s sugar levels is going to make that child’s brain unable to function optimally.

When the blood glucose levels take a dive the first result in the brain is a loss of normal emotional control. A whole host of child disorder labels that cover poor concentration, irritability, aggression, weepiness, fatigue, depression, etc. could probably be eliminated by balancing the child’s sugar intake.

Parents can be more proactive by:

Reading food labels – look out for sugars that go by the names glucose, fructose, sucrose, lactose and maltose.

Limiting the child’s intake of refined sweetened and processed foods.

Ensuring the child’s food balanced with a ratio of proteins and complex carbohydrates.

Symptom checklist

Being aware of the symptoms of blood sugar imbalances can help you detect a possible problem in your child:

Tiredness, mood swings, irritability, dizziness, poor concentration, aggression, poor memory, blurred vision, temper tantrums, food cravings, resistant weight loss.

If you suspect a sugar-related problem, visit a dietician specialized in this area. Starting a healthy eating and exercise plan is paramount to your child’s future health.