Sweet Sodas Linked To Depression

Sweet Sodas Linked To DepressionWe know that sugary sodas aren’t good for our bodies; now it turns out that they may not be good for our minds, either. A new study of more than 260,000 people has found a link between sweetened soft-drinks and depression — and diet sodas may be making matters worse.

The study, which was released on Tuesday and will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting in March, involved 263,925 people between the ages of 50 and 71. Researchers tracked their consumption of beverages like soda, tea, coffee, and other soft drinks from 1995 to 1996 and then, 10 years later, asked them if they had been diagnosed with depression since the year 2000. More than 11,300 of them had.

Participants who drank more than four servings of soda per day were 30 percent more likely to develop depression than participants who did not drink soda at all. People who stuck with fruit punch had a 38 percent higher risk than people who didn’t drink sweetened drinks. And all that extra sugar isn’t the actual problem: The research showed that low-calorie diet sodas, iced teas, and fruit punches were linked to an slightly higher risk of depression than the high-calorie stuff. Researchers say that the artificial sweetener aspartame may be to blame.

But there’s a bright side for those who can’t do without the caffeinated jolt of their daily sodas. Adults who drank coffee had a 10 percent lower risk of depression compared to people who didn’t drink any coffee, according to the study. That reinforces findings from a 2011 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, which said that women who drink fully caffeinated coffee have a lower risk of depression than non-coffee drinkers. Dr. Honglei Chen, an investigator at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, cautions that, if you’ve been diagnosed with depression, cutting your soda intake isn’t necessarily going to help.

“More research is needed to confirm these findings,” Chen said, “and people with depression should continue to take depression medications prescribed by their doctors.”

How much soda do you consume daily or weekly? Do you plan to cut down on your soda habits?

Source: Lylah M. Alphonse, Yahoo Shine

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Lone Udinese Fan Captures Hearts Of Italians

Lone Udinese Fan Captures Hearts Of ItaliansA football fan has stolen media attention in Italy after being the only supporter to show up to watch his club play an away game in the top league.

‘Local fans booed me’

Udinese fan Arrigo Brovedani was the club’s sole supporter in Genoa for a Serie A match against local team Sampdoria. The 30-something wine merchant found himself alone in the visitors’ section. But Sampdoria stewards gave him coffee and home fans invited him for a drink after the match.

Mr Brovedani told the BBC he had not expected to find many fellow supporters from Udinese, one of the smaller clubs in Serie A. It was a cold Monday night and Udinese never attracts more than 50 or 60 away fans.

“But I went there thinking I’d find five or six other people,” the Udinese fan said. “I went into the stadium while they [Udinese] were warming up. I shouted and said ‘hi’ to the team. When I went in the local fans booed me, I felt a bit offended. But in the end they clapped and invited me for coffee and a meal, and the club managers gave me a shirt. They wished me a merry Christmas.”

‘Only fan’

Genoa is about four hours’ drive from Friuli, where Udinese are based. But Mr Brovedani was in Genoa on business.

“I like the stadium there, it’s very similar to English stadiums,” he said. “I always take my flag and scarf around – they’re always in the car with me.”

Luckily for Mr Brovedani, Udinese won the match 2-0 and the team dedicated their victory to their only fan. He has been invited to attend its next home match on Saturday.

Do you admire Mr Arrigo Brovedani’s loyalty for his favorite team? Would you continue watching a game where you are the only fan who showed up?

Source: BBC News

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