Behavioral problems in children linked to soda drinking

BehaviorProblemsLinkedToSodaSugar-sweetened beverages have been connected to behavioral problems among teens and that link appears to be equally applicable to younger children.

Among children 5 years old, according to the latest research, those drinking more sugar-sweetened sodas showed increased aggression, withdrawal and difficulty paying attention than those drinking fewer or none of those beverages.

In a recent study published in the Journal of Pediatrics, parents reported that 43 percent of the 5-year-olds participating in the study drank at least one serving of soda every day, and 4 percent consumed four or more servings a day. The scientists found a significant relationship between more soda consumption and aggressive behaviors that included destroying other people’s belongings, getting into fights, physically attacking others, inattention, excitability and and inability to focus.

What makes soda-drinking kids so unruly? “Soft drinks are highly processed products containing carbonated water, high-fructose corn syrup, aspartame, sodium benzoate and phosphoric or citric acid,” the authors note, “any of which might affect behavior.”

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