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Diet Soda is ruining your Teeth – AND your Mood!

January 17, 2013

Remember a little while back we posted a study that coffee and caffeine are good for you health? Pass the JAVA!!

Turns out, caffeine is fine for us, but it’s the kind of caffeine we drink that makes a difference. Are you feeling energetic and bubbly, but kinda bummed out too? It could be because you’re drinking diet soda. A new study from the National Institutes of Health shows that the risk of depression was especially high for people who drink diet soda regularly—a 31 percent increased risk in fact! Not to mention, diet soda is pepsiFULL of sugar and acid. Yes Acid.

Acidic content (aka pH) is measured on a scale of 0 (most acidic) to 14 (least). Battery acid is a 1 on the scale — tap water is a 7 (this may seem backwards, but yes, the higher numbers are less acidic. Blame science.)

Cola measures in the 2.3-2.5 range (1), which means it’s much closer to battery acid than it is water. How’s that make you feel? Not so good, right?

The study also confirmed the findings of last year’s research: Drinking coffee actually reduces depression, especially in women, by 15 percent. How is that possible? The difference, it seems is sugar. While diet sodas carried the highest risk of making you feel sad, regular soda also had a higher risk than unsweetened coffee.

That begs the question: Why is science even still studying soda? Can’t we all agree that, beyond deliciousness, it has no redeeming qualities? Yes. Yes we can.

Read more: Diet Soda Increases Risk of Depression – Coffee Makes You Happy – Cosmopolitan
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