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Scientists have discovered that young children that consume soft drinks have problems with aggression, attention problem and withdrawal behavior. Soda has long been linked with aggression, depression and suicidal thoughts in adolescents.


Researchers assessed approximately 3,000 5-year-old children enrolled in the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study. 43 percent of the children consumed at least one serving of soft drinks every day. Another four percent consumed four or more. In addition, the researchers found that aggression, withdrawal and attention problems were associated with soda consumption.

Scientists found that those who drank four or more soft drinks per day were twice as likely to destroy things belonging to others, get into fights and physically attack people. These children also had increased attention problems and withdrawal behavior when compared to those who didn’t drink soda.


The nature of the association between soda and behavior problems is unclear but it does show that there is an effect. Think again. Is your child’s behavior and mental health more important or is drinking Soda. If you want him/her to stop Sodas, stop drinking it yourself before you advocate to your child.

Source: The Journal of Pediatrics

Author: TxNaturalPediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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