Soft drinks cause depression

It's funny how soda commercials always show happy, active, and thin people drinking can after can after can of cola.

You'd almost be tempted to think soda drinkers are healthy.

But they're not -- the more you drink, the less healthy you are, and that's as true for diet soft drinks as it is for the stuff made with sugar and high-fructose corn syrup.

One new study even finds that drinkers of all sweetened drinks -- whether it's sugar or the "diet" stuff -- are nearly a third more likely to suffer depression than people who avoid all sodas and soft drinks.

And the risk is actually higher for people who drink diet.

Regular soda consumption causes the risk of depression to rise by 22 percent. But for people who drink diet soft drinks, it shoots up by 31 percent, according to the study.

Some people are confused by this, wondering if it means that regular soda is actually better for you than diet. But that's missing the point -- because it's a classic case of "one's worse than the other."

On their own soft drinks sweetened with sugar or high-fructose corn syrup are terrible choices. They can cause weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, and more -- including the depression mentioned in the new study.

And if there's anything worse for you than those sugars, it's the supposedly healthier alternatives found in diet drinks -- chemical-based no-calorie sweeteners such as aspartame.

Studies have shown that people who make the switch to diet drinks don't get healthier. They don't lose weight, and in some cases may even gain it. And in some studies, diet soda drinkers were even shown to have a higher risk of diabetes.

Don't choose between bad and worse. Skip all soft drinks -- regular and diet -- and switch to healthier options instead, including filtered water and tea.