Is Soda Bringing You Down? Study Finds Link Between Depression & Soft Drinks

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There comes a time in the afternoon when we all could use a boost. For me that usually looks like a few squares of chocolate or an occasional espresso. When I’m feeling a bit healthier, perhaps an apple or a pear. But for many folks, soda is a routine. Some feel it’s even a habit — one that’s hard to break. Well there is a new study out asserting that that afternoon cola may actually be bringing your mood down.

A new study presented by the American Academy of Neurology found a pretty clear link between soda consumption and depression. Researchers investigated the beverage consumption of 263,925 people and found clear evidence that something about soda was affecting consumers’ moods: People who drank more than four servings of soda per day were 30 percent more likely to develop depression than participants who did not drink soda at all.

Sure, I think it’s important to recognize this is a preliminary study and there are always so many other factors to weigh and consider. But the evidence is interesting, especially when you consider that adults who drank coffee had a 10 percent lower risk of depression. So it’s not the caffeine. Is it the sugar? Is it the fact that individuals who drink soda routinely are more prone to other habits that may not be healthy?

More on sugar in soda: How Sweet Is It? at Harvard School of Public Health

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