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DIET SODAS, ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS AND HEIGHTENED RISK OF HEART ATTACK AND STROKE AMONGST OLDER ADULTS

We have written previously about the fact that the artificial sweetener, aspartame (NutraSweet and other brands) is an excite-toxin and can literally kill brain cells.

We have reported on another study that showed that people consuming diet sodas did not lose weight.

And now, yet another study reports an increased risk of heart attack and strokes amongst older, daily diet soda users.

The results published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine reported that daily consumption of diet soda by adults 69 + years old led to a 44% increase in heart attacks and strokes in this group.

These results did not necessarily prove that the diet sodas, alone, were responsible for this increased risk. It is possible that people who drink diet sodas may have other unhealthy habits that also contribute to their increased risk. (I don’t know if this is true because many people drink diet sodas in an attempt to keep their weight down, which at least implies they are somewhat conscious of trying to be healthy).

It was reported that those who drank diet soda daily, tended to be heavier, and were more likely to have hypertension and diabetes.

Between this new information and studies we reported on in the past  it’s hard to make any kind of case for consuming diet sodas. There are excellent naturally sweetened beverages out there which have no or very few calories and seemingly non- of the risks of diet sodas or the artificial sweeteners they use.

If you read our other articles, you know that I highly recommend the natural sweeteners erythritol and stevia. Though there are several brands using these natural sweeteners, one I found that has really great flavor and taste is “Sobe” Life Water. I tried their Mango-Melon and Green Apple-Pear flavors and they were terrific and had “zero” calories.

 

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.

 

 

DIET SODA – A Serious Drinking Problem?

Not only does diet soda not help you to lose weight, it can harm brain cells. And if that’s not scary enough, it can increase the risk of heart attack, vascular disease and stroke.

There is NO benefit to drinking diet soda.

A ten year study at the University of Texas, found that women who drank diet soda, gained instead of lost weight, and the weight gained tended to occur in the stomach area.

The researchers proposed that the artificial sweeteners used in diet soda might actually increase cravings for real sweets. The waistline of those who consumed 2 cans or more of diet soda grew 70 times faster than those who drank other beverages. Another study on mice suggested that Equal (aspartame) damaged the pancreas in the same way that happens in diabetics.

Well known neurosurgeon, Russell Blaylock M.D. an on-going researcher demonstrates that the chemical in the artificial sweetener, Equal (aspartame), actually are toxic and kill brain cells.

And most recently, a study at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine found that diet soda drinkers had a 61% higher risk of vascular events.

Try replacing your diet soda with sparkling water. You still get the carbonation, but without the dangerous chemicals.

If you want a sweeter taste, find those drinks in the supermarket that are sweetened with erythritol or stevia. These are healthy, natural sweeteners with little or no calories.
Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.