The Goddess Weighs In

Living Large and Healthy

One More Reason To Give Up Diet Pop

on January 15, 2013

“If you’re concerned about your health, you should probably avoid products that make health claims. Why? Because a health claim on a food product is a strong indication it’s not really food, and food is what you want to eat”
― Michael PollanIn Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

The National Institutes of Health has found that those who drink four or more cans of pop each day are approximately 30% more likely to be diagnosed with depression than those who do not drink pop.  The research suggests that sodas and other sugary drinks, especially those containing artificial sweeteners could be linked to increased rates of depression.

I like diet coke.  I no longer LOVE it, but it is my go to drink.  Certainly the calories are the reason I started drinking it, but I actually like the taste of it, I find regular pop heavy or syrupy.  But the evidence just keeps stacking up that I need to give it up once and for all.

I can argue and say that the research is possibly flawed and that fat people are more likely to drink diet pop and fat people are more likely to be depressed and so perhaps this study is more about correlation than causation, but diet pop is not found in nature.  Case closed.

– the Goddess

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