Drinking Soda In Childhood Affects Diet In Later Life

10 Jun

A Penn State study has found that drinking soda in childhood affects diet in later life.

The study, which followed 170 girls for a period of 10 years, found that those who drank soda at age 5 were more likely to fail to meet nutritional requirements throughout the course of the study.

They also found that the girls who drank soda consumed less milk, which contains all of the nutrients they were deficient in (except fibre).

While the girls who did not drink soda also failed to meet some nutritional requirements, their overall diets were healthier.

The soda drinkers were on average deficient in Vitamin C, with an intake of 55 milligrams daily, while non-soda drinkers exceeded the 65 milligram recommended intake by averaging 70.5 milligrams daily.

Also interesting to note was that soda drinking had increased across the board by age 15, but the girls who were drinking soda at age 5 were consuming double the amount of soda each than the girls who drank no soda at age 5.

The study also found that parents of early soda drinkers had higher body mass indexes.

This study, along with others like it, clearly show that eating habits are established early in childhood, and that drinking unhealthy beverages does impact on nutritient intake and overall diet.

It would be interesting to have a follow-up to this study conducted to see how the girls’ health in later life relates to what they were drinking at age 5.

What are your thoughts on this?


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