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Diet Soda: One More Junk Food To Avoid

Diet soda may cause stroke and heart attack

Diet soda may cause stroke and heart attack

Put down that diet Coke. At least for a moment.

A new study presented by the American Stroke Association finds that people who drink diet soda are at substantially higher risk for “vascular events” than those who don’t drink soda at all. The findings are being questioned by soda industry representatives, but the scientists who conducted the study say their research is sound.

Just one more nail in the coffin for junk food. Earlier this week, I posted about junk food sapping kids’ IQ scores. There’s really no safe way around it: eating healthy means eating whole, healthy foods.

The easiest way to steer clear of these kinds of hidden health hazards is to follow Michael Pollan’s advice and shop the edges of your supermarket. Around the perimeter is where you’ll find fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, eggs and cheeses, and fresh bread. In the center aisles is where you can pick up neon-blue fruit-by-the-foot and a dizzying variety of condiments and crackers. Also the diet soda.

It’s not that one must NEVER consume these foods. We all have our favorite food indulgences. The trick is to keep them at the level of a treat and not a habit. One diet soda won’t kill you; thinking that because it says “diet” on the label it’s safe to drink them like water just might.

Are you a diet soda drinker? Will you cut down after hearing this news? Or is this just one more scary study trying to make us all nervous?

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