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Which drink causes depression: coffee or soda?

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If you can't get by without that morning jolt or afternoon pick-me-up from either a cup of coffee or a soda, you could have a caffeine addiction.

"If I don't have a dollar to buy a coke in the vending machine I go directly to these coffee machines and get a cup of coffee," said Christine Nelson.

"I would say there is not a morning goes by that I do not have coffee," added John Carter.

Some of us need refills as the day progresses.

"I keep a pot of coffee on the set," said John. 

"It's out of sight and throughout the show I continue to drink this coffee."

You might not realize it, but caffeine is the most common mood-altering drug in the world.

"Caffeine is a substitute for an important amino acid that your body makes naturally," said Dr. Rhett Brown the Medical Director of Presbyterian Family Medicine Midtown.

It can make you more alert and keep you from snoozing when you need to stay awake.

"You're going to get a 45 minute to an hour burst of energy," added Dr. Brown. 

Just ask any java junkie how they feel when they don't get their dose.

"John Carter usually feels the wrath," said Christine.

Although it's not bad for your health too much caffeine can borderline on troublesome.

"They can develop problems with anxiety, they feel like they have to use caffeine to make up for their lack of sleep or to stay focused," said Dr. Brown.

"And so then we end up talking about people who are overdosing on caffeine a little bit."

And drinking coffee is not to the only way to get your caffeine fix.

"I've never had a cup of coffee in my life," said Al Conklin.

"I've had a silent protest around here for a long time for the non coffee drinkers."

"Why does a company supply coffee for everyone who drinks coffee but not Diet Coke, Diet Doctor Pepper, Diet Pepsi or Diet Mountain Dew.

It's probably for good reason.

New research from National Institutes of Health in Research Triangle Park in North Carolina claims that sweetened beverages increase the risk of depression in older adults, while coffee slightly lowers the chances.

People who drank more than four cans or cups of soda per day were 30 percent more likely to be depressed than those who did not drink sweetened drinks.

Experts recommend to skip the diet soda and pick up a cup of joe, in moderation of course.


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