Crazy Over Soda

Have you seen this new study about how soda is kinda making kids crazy? Researchers found teenagers who drank more than five sodas a week were more likely to be violent than their non-soda-drinking counterparts. The study was self-volunteered information by inner-city Boston teens. David Hemenway, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, called the correlation shockingly clear. “What we found was that there was a strong relationship between how many soft drinks that these inner-city kids consumed and how violent they were, not only in violence against peers but also violence in dating relationships, against siblings.”

We don’t really keep soda in my house. We’ve had the same three cans of Dr. Pepper in our fridge for a couple of months. I just don’t like the idea of cracking my kids out on sugar. Now, there’s another reason not to pop open a can: they’ll get violent!

I think this study may be more of a “what came first, the chicken or the egg” kind of thing… Kids with a propensity toward violence may just act out in violent ways, soda or not. But, the study is fascinating.

Soda breaks down muscle. It makes you fat. It jacks up your sugar levels. And, apparently, it makes you violent. Now, I’m no saint. My kids are allowed soda, here and there, mostly at restaurants. There’s also this “soda” that’s essentially carbonated fruit juice called “The Switch.” They sell it at Costco. The kids think they’re getting away with something….

Do you give your kids soda? How often? What are the rules? Or should kids get to drink it, just like the grown ups?

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. KalleyC
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 14:31:14

    Nope. No soda in my home. Not just because of my daughter, but because it really doesn’t offer anything, aside from sugar.

    I don’t know if kids should get soda, as there are some that has caffeine in them. But in my mind, soda is like coffee, but at least coffee has some health benefits.

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  2. Uwe
    Oct 27, 2011 @ 16:14:51

    It’s was a no go on the soda no matter if it was at home or at a restaurant and it went for both the children and the adults. Water or milk… Of course there was always OJ for breakfast, but kids also can overdo the juice, which is not the best for teeth if you do not regulate it.
    It is up to us as parents to help our children learn to live a healthy lifestyle (what they do once they move out? well that is another story) but we should lead by example… Soda, Chips, Dessert every night, fast food restaurants! it seems that it has become more of a quick meal, a quick fix. We owe our children more, don’t we?

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  3. Kim
    Oct 28, 2011 @ 04:27:48

    My kids are not allowed to have soda at anytime, there is no reason too. Why start them on something that’s not good for them anyhow. With doing this I and my hubs have cut down our drinking soda by a lot and feel better for it too. When we go out its usually water, milk or juice depending where we are. The only thing that I have a problem with personally is seeing a parent put soda in a bottle for an infant/start of the toddler stage.

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