As reported by the Daily Mail, a recent study was done by experts from the United States. The researchers even suggest that you better enjoy coffee instead of soda if you want to avoid the risk of depression.
A total of 265,000 men and women aged 50-71 years were involved in the study. Based on the data collected, the researchers found that respondents who drank more than four cans of soda a day had a risk of depression by 30 percent. Worse, the risk of depression increased if the soda is consumed is the type of diet sodas.
Researchers also suspect that the artificial sweetener, aspartame, is the major cause of the increased risk of depression among respondents.
“Indeed, our findings are biological mechanisms which the essentials have not been well understood. However, growing evidence suggests that beverages with artificial sweeteners is associated with poor physical and mental health, “explained researcher Dr. Honglei Chen in the conference of the American Academy of Neurology.
Meanwhile, the study also revealed that coffee drinkers who tend to drink four cups a day reduced their risk of stress by 10 percent compared to those who do not drink coffee. Dr Chen suspect that the effects of caffeine in coffee stimulates the brain to avoid a bout of depression.
Formerly, many studies have proven that soft drinks are associated with risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, brittle bones, and pancreatic cancer.