TORONTO, Jan. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Beverage Association is
seriously concerned that anyone would promote research that by its lack
of scientific verification trivializes an issue as serious as
depression. This research is available in abstract only and has not
been peer reviewed, presented at any scientific meeting or even
published. Neither this abstract nor any body of scientific evidence
supports the concept that drinking diet soft drinks or other sweetened
beverages causes depression.
The researchers evaluated beverage consumption habits in older US adults
(50 - 71 years of age) and after approximately 10 years followed up
with participants and found that 4 per cent 'self-reported' being
diagnosed with depression. What the abstract fails to identify is
what, if any, subject history, environment, genetics, overall health,
etc. were taken into consideration or how the depression diagnosis was
made or verified.
The actual rate of depression found in the study was approximately 4 per
cent which is well within - and actually below - the 8 per cent noted
by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CAMH) who says that "approximately 8 per cent of adults will experience major depression at
some time in their lives1."
"Promoting any alleged findings without supporting evidence is not only
premature, but irresponsible and damaging to those Canadians suffering
from depression," says Jim Goetz, President, Canadian Beverage
Association. "In addition, there is no credible scientific evidence
linking sweetened beverage consumption to depression - of any kind."
According to the CAMH mental illness is caused by a complex interplay of
genetic, biological, personality and environmental factors.2
The Canadian Beverage Association is the national trade association
representing the broad spectrum of brands and companies that
manufacture and distribute the majority of non-alcoholic liquid
refreshment beverages consumed in Canada.
SOURCE: Canadian Beverage Association
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