Diet Soda: Cause for Concern?


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…

Related link

  • Yoda soda  For those good times when you want something other than water, here’s a recipe you might like. It’s perfect for the hot weather. Or mix up a big bowlful for Christmas… Yoda Soda is as lovely a shade of Yule-tide green as Yoda’s complexion!

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. chiefmadapple
    Mar 20, 2013 @ 08:23:35

    I agree with you, just drink water. I think its crazy that people who are diabetic should even drink soda, whether regular or diet.


    • Vinny Grette
      Mar 20, 2013 @ 12:53:06

      I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at the number of people who drink soda, Kathleen… I myself have been known to be stuck on drinking wine. Have now weaned myself to indulging only on special occasions. I stick to water, tea and coffee on an every day basis. It’s made a huge difference in my general health 🙂


  2. Nura
    Apr 05, 2012 @ 12:27:37

    so would that mean that diet coke and other diet sodas are dangous?


  3. nura
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 11:37:28

    What inside the soda makes it so unhealthy and dangous


    • Vinny Grette
      Mar 29, 2012 @ 11:56:56

      Some people think the aspartame is dangerous. Aspartame is the sweetener they use instead of sugar. It has way less calories. But it’s been linked to diabetes, stroke, and a whole wack of other problems. Recently, they’ve found out that the caramel food color they use in diet coke and regular coke can cause cancer. And all regular sodas have too much sugar for good health.


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