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Julieanne
12-03-15, 08:35 PM
Dr Michael Greger
December 2 2015

The NIH-AARP study (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24743309) of Americans followed for years found that frequent consumption of sweetened beverages, especially diet drinks, may increase depression risk among older adults. Whether soda, fruit-flavored drinks or iced tea, those artificially sweetened drinks appeared to carry higher risk. There was a benefit in coffee drinkers compared to non-drinkers, but if they add sugar, much of the benefits disappear, and if they add Equal or Sweet-and-Low, the risk may go up. Various effects of artificial sweeteners, including neurological effects, have been suspected. For example, aspartame—the chemical in Equal and Nutrasweet—may modulate brain neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin, although data have been controversial and inconsistent. Scientific opinions range (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3198517/) from “safe under all conditions” to “unsafe at any dose.”

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Islander
12-05-15, 05:30 PM
Most of us here have known of the ill effects of aspartame for years, but depression? That's new to me. Especially significant that they stopped the study early.