Soft drinks linked to mental health problems

October 5, 2006 in Nutrition Topics in the News

Soft drinks linked to mental health problems

Researchers at the University of Oslo have found that teens who drink soft drinks are more prone to mental health problems, including hyperactivity and distress than.

The findings, published in the American Journal of Public Health found that there was clear and direct relationship between soft drink intake and hyperactivity, and a more complex relationship with other mental and behavioural disorders.

Researchers found that teens who reported skipping breakfast and lunch were among the heaviest soft drink consumes. Most students drank between one and six servings of soft drinks per week.

Researchers suspect sugar was responsible for the behavioural and mental problems, although caffeine may also be a culprit.

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