A new study has one mom worried.
Guest blogger Lena: Uh oh.
My kid LOVES sweets. And now a new study, published in the journal "Addiction," says that kids with a wicked sweet tooth are also more likely to have a family history of alcoholism and depressive symptoms.
How, um, depressing. Does this mean my little girl will become an alcoholic later in life, just like several close members of my family? Or will she be depressed, like relatives on my husband's side?
Well, they got me there. Our family tree has both.
Sweets and alcohol activate many of the same reward circuits in the brain, the researchers say.
That makes sense, I guess, but I'm not really sure what to DO with this information. For now, I am cutting back on desserts for the whole family. I am not really sure if this will make her less likely to hit the bottle twenty years from now, but it's worth a shot.
What do YOU think of this study? Good point ... or downright pointless?