Soda and Aggression?
Are your teenagers getting out of control? What do you do? Who do you blame? Yourself? Violent video games? How about the culprit that is hiding in your fridge!
Before you point fingers at anyone or anything, I want you to consider how much soda your teenager drinks. A new study shows that high school kids who drink more than 5 cans of soft drinks per week are 15% more likely to act violently when compared to their non-soda drinking counterparts. The study included over 1,800 students. Although more research is needed to prove that soda is the cause, these results sure do raise suspicion.
A key ingredient found in almost every soft drink out there is high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Not only may soda be involved with more violence, it will probably make them fat too! HFCS “is significantly more metabolically detrimental than plain white sugar” Rats that free-fed on HFCS showed a “48% greater weight gain, higher abdominal fat deposition and higher triglycerides than rats free-fed plain sugar water”. With high-fructose corn syrup being in an estimated 40% of all prepared food and beverages consumed in the US, the “sweetener has been implicated as a major contributor” to diabetes, obesity, and now violence!
Eating healthy is critical to having a great brain and keeping a healthy body weight.