Sugary drinks can cause weight gain and increase depression risk

Sugary drinks can cause weight gain and increase depression risk

Too much sugar is known for being unhealthy. Sugar suppresses the immune system and promotes disease by its tendencies to make white blood cells ineffective against killing germs in our bodies.

Unfortunately in America, sugary beverages like soda account for one in every five calories consumed by the average person. Sugar will increase your risk of gaining weight and by doing so can lower self esteem in many people.

A study done at Harvard School of Public Health produced an outcome about these sugary drinks: “The science base linking the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages to the risk of chronic diseases is clear.”

The author of a recent study on these artificially sweetened drinks suggests, “A rise in the percent of the population who are obese coincides with an increase in the widespread use of non-caloric artificial sweeteners … studies suggest that artificial sweeteners may contribute to weight gain.”

Gaining weight is known for causing a lack of confidence.

Now, new research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is being uncovered showing that sugary drinks like soda, diet drinks most of all, may raise the risk of developing depression.

So it seems, that on top of increasing your risk of gaining weight, sugary drinks may even increase your depression risks.

 About the study:

  1. The team from NIH came to these conclusions from their research:
  2.  The participants who drank four cans of fruit punch a day were about 38 percent more likely to develop depression.
  3. The participants who drank over four cans of soda per day were around 30 percent more likely to develop depression.
  4. The people who drank four cups of coffee per day were actually around 10 percent less likely to develop depression.
  5. The highest depression risk of all occurred in those who drank diet drinks like diet fruit punches, diet soda, or diet iced tea.

Honglei Chen, M.D., Ph.D., the lead author of the study came to this conclusion: “Our research suggests that cutting out or down on sweetened diet drinks or replacing them with unsweetened coffee may naturally help lower your depression risk. Sweetened beverages, coffee and tea … have important physical – and may have important mental – health consequences.”

For the entire article.

  • Note: If you are suffering from depression, please get professional help.
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