Diet Soda increases risk of depression: study
People who drink diet soda or fruit drinks are more likely to be diagnosed with depression than others, a new study by the US National Institutes of Health revealed.
Researchers at the US National Institutes of Health analyzed data related to more than 263,900 adults aged between 50 and 71, and found that those who drank four or more cans diet soda or fruit drinks daily were 30 per cent more likely to suffer from depression.
On the other hand, those who drank four or more cups of coffee a day had nearly a 10 per cent lower risk of being diagnosed with depression than those who did not drink the beverage.
However, researchers could not find an explanation as to what creates a link between diet soda and depression.
Commenting on the report, Dr. Sean Wharton of Toronto East General Hospital said that those studies are large association-based studies and there was no actual scientific or biological basis to at the stage to think that this really accurate.
However, he added, “It may just be that those who drink higher amount of diet sodas have other things that are connected to having a higher risk of depression.”
Nevertheless, the study by the US National Institutes of Health clearly pointed to the link between people’s dietary habits and their mental health.
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