Drinking fizzy drinks can increase risk of depression

Study finds link between depression and fizzy drink consumption

Drinking large amounts of fizzy drinks and fruit squash could lead to depression, according to new research.

Just over 250,000 people took part in the US study, which looked at people’s consumption of soft drinks, tea and coffee.

Ten years later 11,311 participants aged between 50 and 71 at the start of the study were diagnosed with depression.

Researchers have said downing four cans a day raised the risk of depression by 30 per cent, with diet versions presenting the biggest problems.

In comparison, drinking four cups of coffee a day makes you 10 per cent less likely to develop mental illness.

Reseacher Dr Honglei Chen said: ‘Cutting down on diet drinks or replacing them with unsweetened coffee may help lower your depression risk.’

Emer O’Neill, from the Depression Alliance, said: ‘We’re really pleased to see that research continues to be done in order to raise awareness. Diet has a huge impact on mood and fizzy drinks, alcohol, caffeine can have a negative impact on a person’s health when consumed excessively.’

However, the British Soft Drinks Association said more research was needed as the study failed to address other factors, including family history.

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