Early soda drinking tied to unhealthy diet(Getty Images)
new study says that consumption of soda at an early age in girls is
of an unhealthy diet through adolescence.
They study showed
that girls who drank soda at age five had diets that were less likely to
nutritional standards for the duration of the study, which ended at age
Girls who did not drink soda at age five did not meet certain
requirements, but their diets were healthier.
Soda drinkers drank far
less milk than non-soda drinkers, and milk has all of the nutrients that
differed between the groups except fibre.
"Adequate nutrient intake
is important for optimal health and growth," the researchers
For example, low calcium intake may lead to bone fractures,
higher added sugar may cause dental problems and the development of
chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes.
The Institute of Medicine,
part of the National Academy of Sciences, recommends that girls between
and 18 receive at least 65 milligrams of vitamin C daily. In this study,
drinkers fell short at just 55 milligrams daily, while non-soda drinkers
exceeded the recommendation at 70.5 milligrams daily.
The study also
found that the consumption of soda intake in soda drinkers increased
after 15 compared to their counterparts. Laura Fiorito, postdoctoral
Penn State's Center for Child Obesity Research, suggested that "parents
consumption patterns for their children," and that the parents''
eating habits not only contributed to an increased BMI, but influenced
The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a formal
statement in 2001 that recommended limits on children's fruit juice
none on soda.
This study provides a clear link showing that soda can
prevent people from maintaining a healthy diet.
It was published in a
recent issue of the
Journal of the American
O.k. I think that it should not just be girls at age 5. In my thaughts it is all children, any person at any age, any gender. Drinking pop is not good for anyone in general. So are they saying that if the girls drank pop regularly at the age of five, then discontinued the habit for the rest of her life, that she would still be at risk for a larger BMI. Sounds rather ridiculous to me. Now I could see, if someone were to have a bad soda pop habit and drink it everyday that of course they would be at risk for a larger BMI regardless of age or sex. Pop if full of sugar which is an addiction in itself and has no nutritional benifits. Pop does not quench ones thirst, so they will drink more of it. It eventually becomes a habit and has a snowball type effect. The creator of pop was an unintenionally evil person.