To Drink or Not To Drink
A study recently released suggests that when it comes to soda and other sugary drinks, ‘not to drink’ is the better option for your mental and overall health. Can’t give it up? Try cutting down on the sweetened drinks or choose to drink coffee, tea, seltzer water, etc. instead. The study suggests that drinking sweetened beverages, especially diet drinks is associated with an increased risk of depression in adults, while drinking coffee was tied to a slightly lower risk.
More of what the study found:
- People who drank more than four cans or cups of soda per day were 30% more likely to develop depression than those who didn’t drink soda at all.
- People who drank four cans of sugary fruit punch per day were about 38% more likely to develop depression than those who did not drink sweetened drinks.
- People who drank four cups of coffee per day were about 10% less likely to develop depression than those who drank no coffee.
- The risk appeared to be greater for people who would drink diet soda rather than regular soda, diet fruit punches rather than regular, and for diet iced tea rather than regular ice tea.
The study only found an association between sweetened drinks and depression, and cannot prove that these drinks play a part in causing depression. However, these findings do agree with a few previous studies that found a link between frequent consumption of sweetened beverages and higher prevalence of depression. Many researchers and doctors suggest that cutting out or down on sweetened diet drinks or replacing those with unsweetened coffee may help naturally lower your depression risk. Look for the study to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s Annual Meeting.
For more information on the study, take a look at the American Academy of Neurology’s press release for the study here: http://www.aan.com/press/index.cfm?fuseaction=release.view&release=1128