Specialist says Diet Coke component 'increases chance of depression'

A new study has found that aspartame, a common ingredient in Diet Coke and other artificially sweetened drinks, may increase the risk of depression.

The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Kansas.

The study found that aspartame can lead to higher rates of depression in people who consume it regularly.

The researchers analyzed data from over 5,000 adults who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.


The study found that people who consumed more than four cans or cups of artificially sweetened drinks per day were 30% more likely to develop depression than those who did not consume these drinks.

The study also found that people who drank four or more cups of coffee per day were 10% less likely to develop depression than those who did not drink coffee.

The researchers caution that more research is needed to confirm the link between aspartame and depression.