New Study Links Teen Violence To Soda Drinking

Does Soda Make You More Violent?

Sure, we all know that soda can make you gain weight and can cause cavities, but there could be another, more surprising reason for you to steer clear of sugary soft drinks: they might make you more violent.

A study released Monday showed a correlation between soda consumption and levels of violent behavior in teens. Nearly 2,000 teens aged 14 to 18 from inner-city schools in Boston participated in the study, which found that teenagers who consume large amounts of soda are more likely to act violently than teens who stay away from the stuff. In fact, teens who drank more soft drinks were found to be nine to 15 percent more likely to display violent tendencies.

As HuffPost Parents notes, one in four teens drinks soda on a daily basis -- so these results might initially seem pretty alarming. But don't worry: you don't need to ditch your favorite fizzy beverages just yet. If you take a closer look at the study, the findings might be more complicated than they appear.

As HuffPost Parents notes via ABC News, "Many studies have shown that people who consume diets high in junk food like soda and low in more nutritious foods are more likely to be poor."

Do you think that lower-income families in more at-risk communities are more likely to purchase less healthy foods? If so, do you think that is an important factor to consider?

What do you make of this study, in general? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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