Less sugar and more caffeine just might make a difference.
A study presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology found that drinking “fair amount” of sweetened beverages, such as soda and fruit drinks have an increased risk being afflicted by depression. The report also indicated that coffee drinkers have a slight lower risk of succumbing to depression.
While the link between sugary drinks and depression has previously been cited, this is the first study that followed people for years to measure the corollary between sweet drinks and depression. However, no true cause-and-effect relationship was cited.
From 1995 to 1996, consumption of drinks such as soda, tea, fruit punch and coffee was evaluated in 263,925 adults. About 10 years later, researchers asked the participants whether they had been diagnosed with depression since the year 2000. A total of 11,311 people said yes.