The Link Between Sugar Cravings and Autism, ADHD, Learning Delays, and Depression

There is one thing that children with ADHD, Autism, behavioral disorders, depression, and cognitive delays share, and that is food allergies. Food allergies can affect different areas of the body such as the gastrointestinal system and even the brain. Symptoms of brain allergies include hyperactivity, learning delays, anger, depression, and brain fog. One of the top offending foods is Sugar. Many kids literally have brain allergies to sugar.

Typically when we think of sugar we think of brown and white sugar. White Sugar is usually made from GMO sugar beets or sugar cane. GMO sugar beets are heavily sprayed with cancer causing Roundup herbicide. White sugar can also be obtained from highly processed highly toxic sugar cane. (Brown sugar is considered to be "healthier" than white but is often just white sugar sprayed with brown color.) Sugar cane fields are heavily sprayed with deadly pesticides and herbicides. Regular consumption of dangerous pesticides present in sugar can cause neurological, behavioral, and physical health problems.

Aside from pesticide exposure, these Sugars which are added to the majority of processed foods, can literally turn a calm child into a hyperactive child within an hour. But what exactly is causing the hyperactivity? Processed sugars are stripped of their natural fiber and nutrients. Consumption of these sugars results in what's called a blood sugar high. During a blood sugar high (hyperglycemia) glucose floods the blood stream. During this time children often become hyper, inattentive, fidgety, and completely unteachable. After the blood sugar high comes the crash, or blood sugar low (hypoglycemia). During this phase children may seem lethargic, irritable, depressed, or sleepy. When children experience this blood sugar roller coaster day after day the symptoms can result in chronic hyperactivity, irritability, depression, learning difficulties, and childhood diabetes. Autism symptoms will also be highly pronounced on diet high in processed sugars. But sugar consumption presents another big problem.


Similar to cocaine and other addictive drugs, sugar stimulates dopamine release in the brain. Dopamine release triggers a "high" because dopamine is our pleasure/reward neurotransmitter. When we regularly consume sugar, the brain tries to bring dopamine levels down by reducing the number of dopamine receptors, so it will then take even more sugar to produce the same effect. This leads to sugar addiction.

“Research shows that sugar can be even more addicting than cocaine,” says Cassie Bjork, R.D., L.D. “Sugar activates the opiate receptors in our brain and affects the reward center, which leads to compulsive behavior....” "I'm serious when I say that evidence is mounting that too much added sugar can lead to true addiction," says Alan Green, M.D. In fact, many recovered drug addicts testify that they only successfully overcame their drug addiction when they quit eating sugar. When we feed kids sugar we are unintentionally setting up the stage not only for food addictions but also drug addiction and depression because their bodies will get used to dopamine highs (quick fixes) which can no longer be obtained nat