Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Study: Soft drinks linked to violent tendencies in teens

USA Today, October 25, 2011

"Teens who drink lots of soda seem to be prone to violence, new research suggests. But the study authors concede that sodas are probably not the direct cause of the aggression.
While there's a chance that the sugar and caffeine from carbonated drinks contributes to violent behavior, the study shows an association, not a cause-and-effect. Soda consumption, for example, may be a marker of heightened violent tendencies already present in the teen, or of poor parenting, the researchers said.
'Soda (could be) a red flag that is indicating something else is wrong,' said study co-author Sara Solnick, an associate professor of economics at the University of Vermont in Burlington." Read More

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