Hyperactivity and Mental Health Woes Linked to Soda Consumption

Filed under: In The News — @ October 3, 2006

If you have or know soda-guzzling kids who act as if they’re mentally off kilter or hyperactive, there’s now actual documentation of a link between the two.

Thanks to Reuters and my research assistant Jennifer, I just learned about this absolutely fascinating study that just came out in the American Journal of Public Health.

Researchers at the University of Oslo who studied the soda-drinking habits of more than 5,000 10th-grade Norwegian students aged 15 to 16.

Just listen to this conclusion, which comes as no suprise to me:

“High consumption levels of sugar-containing soft drinks were associated with mental health problems among adolescents even after adjustment for possible confounders,” wrote Dr. Lars Lien and his colleagues.

Now listen to this important point they made: “The effects of sugar consumption on mental health need to be explored further within ongoing international efforts to map sugar

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