Diet Soda Linked to Depression

Health experts say that even one glass of soda a day is too much. Preliminary data from the National Institute of Health shows that people who drink diet soda suffer from depression more than people who drink coffee.

Around half of adults surveyed stated they drink at least one soda daily, and about 2/3 drink at least one cup of coffee.

This does not mean that diet soda causes depression, it may be that people who are depressed reach for soda more than people who are not. It also does not mean that you should throw out your medication and switch to coffee, it is just an interesting set of data that requires more research to see why that is.

A study in Boston linked violent behavior in teens to 6 or more sodas per week. Researchers associated heavy soda consumption with a 9 percent to 15 percent increase in the risk for aggressive behavior, and suggested that sugar or caffeine may be to blame.  Other studies have come to similar conclusions. reported on a study published in 2011 in the Archives of Internal Medicine, also showing an association between caffeinated coffee consumption and decreased depression risk. And an Australian study suggested a link between drinking soda daily and an increased risk of psychological distress and depression.

Cutting down on regular soda and diet soda can be beneficial to health in a number of ways, more research is being done, when it comes to your health knowledge is power. Scientists are just now discovering many links between mood and food, it’s interesting science.


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