Can soda cause aggression in children?
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Have you noticed your children are not attentive, and maybe even more aggressive than usual? Do they drink a lot of soda?
Dr. Kelly Ross, pediatrician at Saint Louis Children’s Hospital, joined Margie Ellisor to talk about the potential connection.
Studies show that consumption of even one soft drink per day may be associated with increased negative behavior in young children.
A study of almost 3,000 5-year-olds showed that those who drank 1 to 4 servings of soda per day had significantly higher aggressive measurement scores than their peers who drank no soda.
While the study definitely suggests there is a correlation between soda and behavior problems, official are still unsure about exactly which sodas are to blame.
The studies that were conducted did not ask about the specific types of soda consumed, such as whether they included diet or noncaffeinated drinks.
While there appear to be strong links between soda and aggression, researchers are still unsure what specific ingredient in soda is causing the problem. Researchers want to pinpoint the exact substance in the soda they should be focusing on.
Some doctors also say that it is possible the soda is not the main fault. Instead of the soda alone, these children may be suffering from a lack of an essential dietary need.