HAGERSTOWN, MD - It's yet another study on the effects of two popular drinks; the bubbly soda or a steamy hot cup of coffee.
If you're a regular coffee drinker the results of the study could be considered good news. But if you're over the age of 50 consuming sweetened beverages, like Coca Cola or Sprite, you might want to think twice.
"People should avoid sweetened beverages just because of the sugar intake. And promote water to be honest with you. It's the beverage of choice I know it's difficult for a lot of people," says Rod MacRae, of the Washington County Health Services.
According to researchers at the National Institute of Health in North Carolina, it's the sweetened beverages that's linked to depression in older adults.
The study looked at information from people between the ages of 50 and 71. After several years researchers followed up to find out if the participants had been diagnosed with depression.
Those who drank more than four cups of soda per day were 30 percent more likely to be depressed.
According to the study those who consumed four or more cups of coffee a day had a lower chance of having depression than those who consumed sweetened beverages.
"To the best of my knowledge coffee never demonstrated any adverse affects. Other than certain people with medical conditions that can't tolerate coffee, but for average people it would be protective against certain illnesses," says MacRae
But for the morning cup-of Joe folks, this confirms how they feel coincides with their favorite drink.
"I have two to three cups and afterwards I feel amazing, says barista William Web.