Soda is having problems staying out of trouble, and so are the kids who drink it.
The American Journal of Public Health surveyed thousands of teenagers “about their eating and soda-drinking habits, as well as hyperactivity and conduct problems in school, and mental health indicators such as anxiousness, dizziness, hopelessness, panic, sadness, sleeplessness, tension, unhappiness with themselves and a sense that everything is a burden.”
And, yup, of course, the more soda the kid drinks, the more likely he/she is to have these problems.
The exact cause is not determined in this study, only the correlation between soda consumption and mental health problems, but we can can make a few guesses why they have a negative effect on behavior:
Colors and Preservatives: already linked to behavior problems in kids
Phosphoric Acid: as damaging to your teeth as battery acid
Sugar: high sugar intake is linked to pancreatic cancer
Nutritionist Mike Adams said, “It is very clear that diet strongly impacts mood, mental function and behavior. Drinking liquid sugars or artificial chemical sweeteners is much like poison to the human body, and it causes an imbalance in the functioning of the body and mind.” He is the author of The Five Soft Drink Monsters, a guide to kick the soda habit.