Sweet Tea & Soda Could Make You Depressed


Among a study of more than 260,000 individuals a link has been found between depression and soft drinks. In 1995-96 these 260,000 between the ages of 50 and 71 were tracked on their consumption of soda, sweetened tea, coffee, and other soft drinks. Ten years later they were asked if they had been diagnosed with depression since the year 2000. Over 11,300 had been.

What’s intriguing here is that the go to culprit, Sugar, is believed to be innocent, at least for the most part. Instead researchers believe artificial sweeteners used in these drinks are the ones to blame.

Those that drank four or more sodas per day were 30% more likely to develop depression. Those that stuck with fruit punch actually had a 38% chance to develop depression (artificial sweeteners.) However, there is some light at the end of this depressing tunnel. For those that need that caffeine kick in the morning and drank coffee had a 10% lower risk to develop depression.

Though this is an interesting study, it’s not confirmed and is only preliminary. So cutting back on these beverages doesn’t mean you’ll cure your depression.

Source: Yahoo! Health


Diet soda, not so diet

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Despite soda companies labeling some of their products as “diet”, they’re really not.

A University of Texas Health Science Center study found that the more “diet” soda you consume, the greater the risk of becoming obese climbs. In fact, 2 or more cans a day can increased waistlines by 500%. This is due to artificial sweeteners, which disrupt the body’s natural ability to regulate your calorie intake based on the sweetness of foods.

So, when they say “Tastes just like Coke!” They mean, “it confuses your body!”
Diet things aren’t supposed to taste good, because they’re not supposed to make your crave more. They’re supposed to do quite the opposite actually.

Source: rockzi.com

Grapefruit and medication. Possibly a fatal mix

We’ve all been told never take medication with alcohol. Well you can add grapefruit to that if you take any of these 85 different drugs.

How serious could this really be? Well, David Bailey of Lawson Health Research Institute says “Half of these drugs actually can cause sudden death” (hours after eating or drinking grapefruit.)

Grapefruit has compounds furanocoumarins that can keep drugs from breaking down, keeping more of these drugs inside your body, allowing them to build up to lethal levels or toxic levels.

Below is a link to the drugs that have fatal side effects with grapefruit. And as a fair warning, the report by Canadian Medical Association Journal shows that not many doctors know about these dangerous combonations.

Click here to see the full list.

All the drugs mentioned in the list are oral drugs.

Source: Yahoo! Health

A colorful side effect from carrots

Pills developed in labs aren’t the only things we consume that give us strange side effects. As Leo Barnett, 3, of the UK already knows, you can turn orange from eating carrots.

It’s called hyper-beta carotenemia. A rare condition where the patient can’t digest carotene. Which is found in most fruits and vegetables.

There’s also been reports of people without hyper-beta carotenemia that after they’ve consumed a large quanitity of carrots over the course of a few weeks, start turning orange, much like a carrot.