Welp, for those that didn’t believe me before, we now have proof that sodas (and even diet sodas) are linked to depression. Now I know, I know, the study “isn’t conclusive,” but when are they ever?
Right now, if you were to go on Yahoo’s front page or just do a little searching, you’d find an article that talks about a study done to measure how closely soda consumption is linked to depression. The results were clear, but since scientists need the proof to be air-tight, and bone dry before they’ll make a ruling (and good for them, but sometimes they wait about fifty years too late to make a call) and since the Pepsi/Coca-Cola brands are among the biggest and most profitable companies in the world, they’ll debate these findings until no one believes them.
But I’m here to tell you the facts. 1. Drinking soda does cause depression. I know this from personal experience…[more on that in the next paragraph]. 2. Even diet sodas cause it because aspartame may actually be worse for you than regular sweetener. Anyone who does serious digging into aspartame will find that the “cure” of zero calories may be worse than just drinking the extra ones, since aspartame has been linked to depression, headaches, mood disorders, bowel disorders, and (in some admittedly-rarer cases) even cancer.
I can tell you that soda is linked to depression just because of the way my own body feels when I drink it. I feel listless and tired, just really not wanting to do much of anything but watch TV, and it royally fucks up my concentration on anything remotely mental and tedious. When I don’t drink it (as I’m trying not to this month) I lose weight, can think clearer, and feel frustrated a lot less. Which is why I recommend drinking no sodas instead of one every few days, because even that can be addictive, and your body won’t crave them after roughly 3 weeks without it.
So…if drinking no sodas makes you thinner, clearer, and happier…I’m really thinking the long-term benefits outweigh the short-term goal of I want it. All drugs feel good for about ten minutes, but man the after-effects are hell.