Aggressive children with attention problems drink lots of soda


Can soda and junk food agitate children? Do soda and junk food induce ADHD-like symptoms? Here’s some more fuel for that fire.

A recent study showed that American children who drink lots of soda have more issues with aggressive behaviour and attention problems:

Soft Drinks Consumption Is Associated with Behavior Problems in 5-Year-Olds

As usual, this data alone won’t prove that children become disruptive or difficult specifically from drinking soda. This correlation could point to any problem prevalent in families who buy lots of soda. Perhaps the core issue is quickly metabolised, nutrient-poor junk food in general?

ADHD and insomnia

At the AHS conference I attended a while ago, one lecturer proposed another possible factor that exacerbates ADHD-like symptoms: Insomnia.

Many children today snore and suffer from sleep apnea during the night. There are several possible reasons as to why their jaws – the prerequisite for an even row of teeth – don’t develop properly (the children weren’t breastfed enough? they consumed too little food that needed chewing? too many fast carbs?). Underdeveloped jaws lead to a narrower throat and anatomically set the stage for snoring.

Being obese is another thing that leads to narrowing of the throat, and therefore increases the tendency to snore, worsens the quality of sleep and leads to fatigue during the day – an evil circle that may bring more concentration difficulties and aggression.

Soda can contribute to such obesity and its consequences. There is conclusive evidence that soda-drinking kids risk becoming overweight.


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  1. Paul the rat
    Glucose is toxic to human brain. All needed references are available on the pages of dietdoctor .com
  2. FrankG
    Interesting thoughts about the changes in jaw morphology, snoring, apnoea and insomnia.

    Weston A. Price, MS., D.D.S., F.A.G.D. (a Dental Surgeon) noted this back in his 1939 book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration - A Comparison of Primitive and Modern Diets and Their Effects

    As I recall, he noted smaller and malformed jaws in as little as a single generation of transition from their traditional diet.

    It even has pictures for those hard of reading... Ondrej? :-P

  3. Paul the rat
    Unfortunately this paper does not have pictures (:

    J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2012;25(7-8):697-704.

    Metabolic impact of a ketogenic diet compared to a hypocaloric diet in obese children and adolescents.

    Partsalaki I, Karvela A, Spiliotis BE.
    Research Laboratory of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, Department of Pediatrics, University of Patras School of Medicine, Patras, Achaea, Greece.

    The effects of carbohydrate-restricted (ketogenic) diets on metabolic parameters in children have been incompletely assessed.
    To compare the efficacy and metabolic impact of ketogenic and hypocaloric diets in obese children and adolescents.
    Fifty-eight obese subjects were placed on one of the two diets for 6 months.
    Anthropometric measurements, body composition, oral glucose/insulin tolerance test, lipidemic profile, high molecular weight (HMW) adiponectin, whole-body insulin sensitivity index (WBISI), and homeostatic model assessment-insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) were determined before and after each diet.
    Both groups significantly reduced their weight, fat mass, waist circumference, fasting insulin, and HOMA-IR (p = 0.009 for ketogenic and p = 0.014 for hypocaloric), but the differences were greater in the ketogenic group. Both groups increased WBISI significantly, but only the ketogenic group increased HMW adiponectin significantly (p = 0.025).
    The ketogenic diet revealed more pronounced improvements in weight loss and metabolic parameters than the hypocaloric diet and may be a feasible and safe alternative for children's weight loss.

  4. FrankG
    And in related news,,,

    Kris Gunnars at AuthorityNutrition has a very nice summary of 23 RCTs...

    23 Studies on Low-Carb and Low-Fat Diets – Time to Retire The Fad

    "Keep in mind that all of these studies are randomized controlled trials, the gold standard of science. All are published in respected, peer-reviewed medical journals.

    These studies are scientific evidence, as good as it gets, that low-carb is much more effective than the low-fat diet that is still being recommended all over the world.

    It is time to retire the low-fat fad!"

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