On my way to work this morning, I was reading how new research has raised concerns about a link between drinking diet soda and an increased incidence of stroke/heart attack. Specifically, the findings were that there was a 48% higher risk of stroke or heart attack among those who drank diet soda every day compared to those who didn’t drink any soda at all (full article). It’s already being pointed out that this isn’t necessarily a simple cause and effect relationship. Well either way, I don’t think anyone should fool themselves into believing that ingesting straight-up chemicals (the stuff that makes a diet soda “diet”) can do anything good for the human body.
Personally, I’m not a soda drinker, but I can understand how some people really love the stuff – the sweetness, the bubbles, etc. If you’re looking to move away from drinking soda and want a healthy alternative, try some sparkling mineral water (I love San Pellegrino or Trader Joe’s brand) with a splash of your favorite juice or a squeeze of lemon/lime. Before you know it, you won’t even miss that diet (or regular) soda!