New Study Suggests Diet Soda May Contribute to Stroke Risk

A study reported at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2011 found that people who drank diet soda every day were 48% more likely to suffer a stroke or other vascular event over a nine-year span, compared with people who didn’t drink diet soda. The study does not suggest a cause for the correlation, and did not take participants family medical history into account.

I have always encouraged clients to steer away from all sodas, diet or otherwise. Regular sodas are way too sugary and offer little to no nutrition. Aside from the possible health risks of the artificial sweeteners and other chemical ingredients, my main beef with diet sodas is that they dull the palate and make it more difficult to appreciate the subtle sweetness of natural foods like sweet potatoes and winter squash. My overall recommendation on diet is to major in natural, whole foods and steer away from highly processed or industrially-grown food products. Drink lots of filtered water between meals. For a sweet, fizzy drink treat, try making your own kombucha and sweeten with juice.

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~ by nolashaolin on February 27, 2011.

2 Responses to “New Study Suggests Diet Soda May Contribute to Stroke Risk”

  1. Avoiding soda all together is the best advice – years ago I heard a professor say when asked why he was drinking full sugar soda instead of diet he replied “only fat people drink diet soda”

    He did not mean to be wise but there is some evidence that even diet sodas can spike insulin and thus add fat.

    Water is best and if you must have something else your advice above is good.

  2. Studies show that soda also leeches calcium from the bones. Probably from the bicarbonate, not really sure…anyway soda is bad, and I’m against it! Someday I will make kombucha.

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