Is diet soda making me depressed?

Surprisingly, the research showed diet soda drinkers were at the highest risk for depression. Chen doesn’t have an answer for the correlation, but his study adds to a growing body of research that shows artificially sweetened beverages can lead to poor health outcomes.

via Diet Soda Linked with Depression | Men’s Health News.

It’s possible.   In any study which does not show a method via which an outcome can be linked with its cause, all we can say for sure is there is an association between drinking diet soda and being depressed.

It could just be that obese people are more likely to be depressed.  Part of this correlation, though, is probably from people who are really on top of the connection between what they eat and how they feel, and these people don’t drink a lot of soda of any kind.

Definitely, your take-away here isn’t just that you should drink less soda.  The big deal here is the same as a multitude of other studies — the more you vary from eating natural things close to their natural form, the worse your health is likely to be.

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