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Can Diet Soda Make You Depressed?

My whole life I've been told that caffeine is awful for you. Caffeine is a drug. Caffeine causes you to be all strung out and crazy. Well, whatever, I drink it anyway, because it makes me happy.

Isn't that what we should all be doing? What makes us happy? I realize that statement and style of living can easily be abused, but when it comes to my coffee, I'm doing just fine.

Some of us, on the other hand, may not feel happy when they drink caffeine. Some of us can feel sluggish and even depressed. Well, it turns out, this could be due in part to the kind of caffeine you're consuming.

A new study from the National Institutes of Health shows that the risk of depression is especially high for people who drink diet soda regularly, and by high, we mean a 31 percent increase. Wow.

The study also confirmed that drinking coffee reduces depression, especially in women, by 15 percent. The difference lies in sugar, shocker.

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Ally is a preppy tomboy who loves all things football and fashion. She's a housewife in training and is known as the highly opinionated, and sometimes rude, first woman of Elite Daily. Be prepared to always be caught off guard.
Ally is a preppy tomboy who loves all things football and fashion. She's a housewife in training and is known as the highly opinionated, and sometimes rude, first woman of Elite Daily. Be prepared to always be caught off guard.

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