reports on research in the US which, in more than 250,000 people, found depression was more common among frequent consumers of artificially sweetened beverages.  Interestingly, drinking coffee was linked with a lower risk of depression.
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Depression link to Diet Drinks

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People who drank four cups a day were 10% less likely to be diagnosed with depression during the 10-year study period than those who drank no coffee. But those who drank four cans or glasses of diet fizzy drinks or artificially sweetened juice a day increased their risk of depression by about a third.

Concerns have been raised about artificial sweeteners previously, "the studies on them continue and this one has thrown up a possible link - not a cause and effect - with depression." Said Gaynor Bussell of the British Dietetic Association.

Beth Murphy, at the mental health charity Mind, said: "We would urge anyone who is affected by depression to follow the advice of their GP or other medical professional in regards to their treatment."

This is interesting research and certainly adds to my concerns about the amount of fizzy drinks that people consume. I feel that it is a matter of everything in moderation. Over consumption of any one food type or drink is not good for your health and balance is required. I will certainly be keeping an eye on my teenage son and his fizzy drink consumption from now on.

Patricia Wakeford

Associate - Clinical Negligence team


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