Kids' Sweet Tooth Linked to Depression, Drinking

Cynthia Dermody
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AOL Health reports on a new study that finds children are more likely to have an intense sweet tooth if they have a family history of alcoholism, or if they've suffered from depression themselves.

Check. And check.

To say I have an intense sweet tooth is putting it mildly. I find excuses to eat chocolate or something sugary as part of regular meals, and I can't fall sleep without downing milk and a cookie first. (Carbs before bed might actually promote sleep, some studies suggest, so see! More justifications ... )

According to AOL, the findings suggest that a preference for sweets might not be solely about taste buds, but instead could have to do with the child's chemical makeup and family history.

"We know that sweet taste is rewarding to all kids and makes them feel good," the study's lead author, Julie Mennella, said in a news release from Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, where she works as a developmental psychobiologist, reports AOL. "In addition, certain groups of children may be especially attracted to intense sweetness due to their underlying biology."

Do your children have a sweet tooth and do you think it might be related to depression or history of alcoholism in the family?


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