“Have a Coke and a Smile” or “Drink a Coke down… and then Frown”?

Remember the old slogan:  “Have a Coke and a Smile”?  Well, a report came out on Tuesday, January 9th, 2013 that drinking sweet drinks, both with sugar and sugar substitutes has shown to increase depression by as much as 30 to 38%.

Full disclosure, our household can often be found with Coca-Cola products, especially Diet Coke.  And in fact…the study doesn’t focus on the favored drink of Polar Bears everywhere.  We switched from Diet Coke as our main source of liquids over to water long ago but we still enjoy an occasional “Pop”.

In a newly released study, author Honglei Chen, MD, PhD, with the National Institutes of Health in Research Triangle Park and a member of the American Academy of Neurology states that:

  1. People who drank more than 4 cans or cups per day of soda were 30 percent more likely to develop depression than those who drank no soda.
  2. Those who drank 4 cans of fruit punch per day were about 38 percent more likely to develop depression than those who did not drink sweetened drinks.
  3. People who drank 4 cups of coffee per day were about 10 percent less likely to develop depression than those who drank no coffee.
  4. The risk appeared to be greater for people who drank diet than regular soda, diet than regular fruit punches and for diet than regular iced tea.

He did mention these are preliminary findings, but their sample size of testing seems very relevant as a start.  Maybe Mayor Bloomberg was onto more than he knew after all?  We’re sure to see other studies coming out from manufacturers in the near future, but it’s safe to say that making water your family’s main drink is the best way to go.  I’m going to go see what Brian is drinking now…

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