Experts are skeptical of a new study that links depression and sweet drinks consumption. The study monitored people who drank regular and diet sodas, fruit punch, and sweetened iced tea. There’s apparently no difference whether the drink is sweetened with real sugar or diet.
However, one expert finds the study questionable:
“There is much more evidence that people who are depressed crave sweet things than there is to suggest that sweetened beverages cause depression,” says neurologist Kenneth M. Heilman, MD.
Heilman is a professor of neurology at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville. The fact that the study links drinks of all sorts to depression—carbonated and non-carbonated; sweetened with both sugar and artificial sugar— also causes him doubt.
The Intramural Research Programs of the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the National Cancer Institute supported the study. The findings have not yet been peer reviewed and will be presented at a medical conference.
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