Researchers announce “squash drinking syndrome”

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 25 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:486

Excessive intake of high energy drinks such as squash and fruit juice leads to poor appetite, irritability, diarrhoea, and inadequate weight gain in children, according to new research published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood (1995;72:137-40). The collective symptoms, found by doctors at the University of Southampton, have been dubbed “the squash drinking syndrome.”

The doctors found these collective symptoms in a group of children who derived more than 30% of their daily recommended energy intake …

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