For people relying on caffeinated beverages to make it through the day, the choice between coffee and soda may have just become even more cut and dry. A press release from the American Academy of Neurology outlines the findings of a study authored by Dr. Honglei Chen, MD, PHD that suggests the drinking coffee may lower a person’s risk of developing depression, whereas drinking soda and other sugary drinks had the potential to increase it.
For approximately 10 years some 262,925 people between the ages of 50 and 71 were monitored and their drink choices examined; after the 10 year period, the participants were asked if they had been diagnosed with depression. The study found that 11,311 of the participants had in fact been diagnosed as clinically depressed and a correlation was found between increased risks of depression and the consumption of sugary drinks such as soda and fruit punch.
People who drank more than four cups of soda a day were found to be at a 30 percent greater risk of developing depression, and the risks were even higher for those people who drank diet sodas. Alternatively, the study also found that drinking four cups of coffee a day reduced the risk of developing depression by 10 percent. Dr. Chen suggests that replacing sweetened and sugary drinks with unsweetened coffee may be a natural means of reducing a person’s depression risk.
So, the next time you’re looking for a boost, ditch the diet and stay away from the sugar, a better alternative exists, and its name is coffee.