Does Soda Cause Kids to Misbehave?
It’s well known that drinking sugary soda increases the risk for obesity in children, but now scientists say regular and diet soda may also contribute to misbehavior. Researchers asked the moms of 3,000 five-year-olds about their children’s behavior and soda consumption. Kids who drank one or more sodas per day showed more aggressive behavior than those who drank no soda. Drinking four or more sodas was associated with both withdrawn behavior and attention problems. The researchers aren’t sure why soda consumption would increase behavioral issues, but they say high-fructose corn syrup, caffeine, aspartame, or other soft-drink ingredients are potential culprits.
Source: The Journal of Pediatrics, published online Aug. 19, 2013