If you are 50 or older, sweetened drinks, even diet drinks, increase the likelihood of depression.
Sweetened drinks and coffee are popular beverages but they can have different impacts on your mental health. A recently published National Institutes of Health study analyzed the beverage consumption of 263,925 adults between the ages of 50 and 70. A decade later they determined how many had been diagnosed with depression.
Those who consumed four or more sweetened drinks like sodas, diet sodas, and sweetened fruit punch had a 38% or great likelihood of clinical depression.
Now for the surprise! In contrast to the sweetened drinks, those who drank four or more cups of coffee daily had a 10% lower risk for depression. The research was not able determine the underlying reasons.
Note! This was for clinically diagnosed depression – one can only infer that the same mechanisms might be contributing to subclinically depressed moods – who needs it?
Yet another reason to reduce sugar and artificial sweeteners.