Soda and Behavior

Does the consumption of soda effect the behavior of a 5-year-old? Researchers looked at the number of sodas consumed per day by 5-year-olds and the level of the child’s aggressive behaviors, attention problems, and withdrawal behavior.

  • Consuming 1-4 sodas per day (or more) was associated with higher rates of aggressive behavior.
  • Children who consumed 4 or more sodas per day had higher rates of attention problems.
  • Oddly, those who consumed 2, 4, or more sodas had higher rates of withdrawn behavior.

Abstract: Soft Drinks Consumption Is Associated with Behavior Problems in 5-Year-Olds, Journal of Pediatrics

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