Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Repost: Study links soda consumption and violent behavior in teens

I've contributed to the Orlando Sentinel's Moms at Work blog since 2010. The blog is changing content management systems and my old posts will no longer be available to the public, so I'm reposting them here, in the order that they were originally posted.

Oct. 26, 2011

It turns out that the caffeine and sugar in sodas don't just make for hyper kids with high dental bills.

Carbonated soft drinks may also be linked to violent behavior in teens.

A study published Monday in the journal Injury Prevention noted that the consumption of soft drinks is linked with a 9 percent to 15 percent greater likelihood of aggressive behavior -- even after the scientists controlled for all sorts of demographic categories and other types of behavior.

Basically, teens who drink more than five cans of soft drinks per week are more likely to be violent, according to a Medscape summary of the study.

Note, please, that the study reports a correlation between violent teens and soda consumption, not that the soda causes the violent behavior.

Still, it's another thing to make parents think twice while grocery shopping.

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