News Friday June 6, 2014

Fizzy drinks are bad for mental health

US research has shown a link between depression and fizzy drinks while sugarless coffee can reduce the risk.

According to the study conducted in the United States, it was more common for people who regularly consumed artificially sweetened soft drinks to experience depression.

More than 250 000 people partook in the 10 year research project, which will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting.

The study also found that drinking coffee lowered depression risk in people. Those people who drank four cups of unsweetened coffee a day appeared to be 10% less inclined to be diagnosed with depression, than those who didn’t drink coffee. Those who drank four cans of soft drinks such as flavoured juices or fizzy drinks on the other hand, increased their risk of depression by a third.

However, the researchers are saying that further investigation is required as the actual cause has not been established. At the moment, the research results only indicate a link between sweetened beverages and depression.

Dr Honglei Chen, who lead the research said that it suggested that replacing sweetened diet drinks with unsweetened coffee may naturally lower depression, although more research is required.

Experts suggest that before you make any dietary changes, you should always ask your doctor for advice, especially if you are diabetic or need to lose weight for health reasons.

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