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Recent studies about Soda Pop
Edited by Suzzanne Myer MS, RD, CD Nutritionist at Evergreen Integrative Medicine
Does Soda Pop Make Kids Violent?
Drinking soda may have a negative effect on childhood behavior.
PUBLISHED in The Week AUGUST 2013
Drinking soda, long known to contribute to childhood obesity, may also have a negative effect on childhood behavior. Columbia University researchers interviewed the parents of about 3,000 5-year-olds in 20 cities about their children’s soda consumption and behavior. They found that 43% of the children drank at least 1 soda per day, and that 4% drank 4 or more. Those who consumed the most soda were twice as likely to get into fights and destroy other people’s property as those who didn’t consume soft drinks, once other possible factors were ruled out. Soda drinkers were also more likely to exhibit anti-social behavior and to have trouble focusing. “With every increase in soda consumption, we saw an increase in behavior problems,” stated study author Shakira Suglia. “It was significant for kids who consumed as few as one serving of soda per day.” Previous research has shown a link between soda consumption and violent behavior among adolescents. Researchers say the drinks’ effect could stem from the sugar, caffeine, or even food coloring they contain.
Diet Sodas, as Well as Regular Ones, Raise Diabetes Risk
A new study from France (with 66,118 women) suggests that women who drink large amounts of diet soda are at increased risk for type 2 diabetes. The findings also support the previous association between high intake of regular sugar-sweetened beverages and type 2 diabetes. It didn’t take much to increase the risk for type 2 diabetes.
Compared to women who did not drink diet or regular soda the risk for type 2 diabetes was raised among the women who drank 2.5 cups or more of diet soda in a week. The risk for type 2 diabetes was also raised for women who drank 1.5 cups or more of sugar-sweetened beverages in a week.
The highest Intake of diet soda more than doubled diabetes risk!
Am J Clin Nutr . Published online January 30, 2013.
Suzzanne Myer MS, RD, CD Nutritionist
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