recent survey* sponsored by baby food manufacturer Gerber
products revealed, among other things, that some parents actually
let their babies drink soda. As early as 7 months of age,
these bundles of joy are taking the first step toward poor
nutrition and tooth decay (in most cases, before they've even
taken their first steps).
Obesity and dental problems may be the two most documented
consequences of drinking soft drinks, but what about chronic
headaches? Previous research links coffee and tea intake to
headaches, but a study that appeared in the June issue of
Cephalagia found that soft drink consumption had the same
deleterious effect. Thirty-six children and adolescents who
visited a hospital over a five-year period with complaints
of daily or near-daily headaches were deemed "excessive caffeine
consumers," predominately in the form of soda - an average
of 11 liters per week!
Before you say, "Yes, but my children don't drink that much,"
keep in mind that 11 liters is the equivalent to fewer than
three 12 oz cans per day -- or one 32 oz Big Gulp.(r) And
who knows how much your teenager pours into a bottomless plastic
cup from that 2 liter bottle in your refrigerator?
The point is, kids (and adults) are drinking way too much
soda these days, and it's having negative consequences on
their health. Talk to your doctor of chiropractic about the
essentials of sound nutrition for yourself and your children.
For more about the important vitamins and minerals you're
being deprived of by consuming nutrient-deficient soft drinks,
Hering-Hanit R, Gadoth N. Caffeine-induced headache in children
and adolescents. Cephalagia June 2003:23(5), pp332-5.
*To read a comprehensive review of this survey, visit www.chiroweb.com/archives/22/01/06.html.