Candy-Eating Kids, Violent Adults

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Children who eat a lot of candy are more likely to grow up to be violent adults. In a study of more than 17,000 kids, researchers found “a significant association between candy consumption as a child and violent behavior as an adult,” Brain Blogger reports, even when accounting for other variables. The candy itself, though, isn’t the problem. Researchers speculate that the violence stems from the children’s inability to make good choices. When parents bribe their kids with candy for good behavior, the children aren’t learning to delay gratification, which can make them more impulsive and violent. This is not to discount the effect of diet on people’s behavior entirely, however. Researchers are now looking into prisons to see if a more balanced diet can actually reduce violence.

Source: Brain Blogger

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