Too much sugar’s bad for us, but sugar-free soda could be even worse. It’s not proof positive, but new research raises concern about diet soda. Studies find higher risks for stroke and heart attack among people who drink sugar-free soda every day versus those who drink no soda at all.
The findings should be “a wakeup call to pay attention to diet sodas,” said Dr. Steven Greenberg. He is a Harvard Medical School neurologist and vice chairman of the International Stroke Conference in California, where the research was recently presented.
A simple solution, health experts say, is to drink water instead.
Some scientists think the stroke culprit is aspartame, a no-calorie sweetener used in many processed foods. Lynne Melcombe, author of Health Hazards of White Sugar, links aspartame to binge-eating and sugar cravings among many other serious problems. Randall Fitzgerald, author of The Hundred-Year Lie, links some cancers to aspartame. Other doctors are saying it is too soon to advise people to change their soda habits, especially people with diabetes.
Natalie Dee’s cartoon, below, seems to tell us to take a good look at why we are drinking diet sodas. Disingenuous (for those who aren’t too sure whether this is a compliment) means foxy, wily or sly.
The cool image Vinny’s linked to at the top of his blog is from David Payton, who drinks a diet soda every day, then paints the empty can. Hope he checks out Vinny’s link…