Diet Soda and Violence

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A recently published study (Injury Prevention Oct. 2011), showed a strong statistical association between the consumption of diet sodas and youth violence. The violence included violent actions within the family, with peers and with dating. Although the study did not isolate a particular causative aspect of diet soda, the possible contributory factors included: Blood sugar metabolism, caffeine, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners and artificial flavors. From an oral health perspective, the phosphoric acid in diet sodas contributes to weaker bones and teeth, and disrupts normal gastric function. Sodas should not be a part of children’s diets.