I have heard that sugar and school don't mix. Is that true?

This week's question was from Alice in Delano: I have heard that sugar and school don't mix. Is that true?

Jeff Herr, Doctor of Pharmacy

Well, it is true, but maybe not in the way you are thinking. You see, there are different types of sugars we will call simple or complex. Simple sugars like those found in candy or cookies enter the body’s blood system quickly. This in turn, raises the blood insulin to drop the blood-sugar levels. This process gives a burst of energy, and then a quick crash which can lead to the inability to pay attention in school. Complex sugars, such as pasta, give a more gradual release of sugar into the blood and therefore provide a more consistent source of energy that will last longer throughout the day.

Last Updated Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 05:58 PM.