Diet Soda Consumption May Be Linked To Increased Heart Risks

10 02 2011

 Time after time you’ve heard my mantra that health is about more than just calories. How the current rules and regulations may actually encourage poor health care choices by emphasizing caloric value over nutritional value. With that as a background, here is some food for thought (that we always so graciously provide with absolutely no caloric value).

A recent reported study, started in 2003 was reported at the American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference. The study suggests that diet soda consumption may be linked to increased heart risks. The study followed more than 2,564 New Yorkers (mostly African American or Hispanic) for more than nine years and participants were asked about their intake of sodas (among other questions) at the start of the study. After nine years, 559 cardiovascular events had occurred. Researchers found that “those who had reported drinking diet soda every day had a 60% higher rate of these events, which included various forms of stroke as well as heart attacks.” When the data was adjusted for other risk factors, such as age, sex, race, smoking, exercise, alcohol, metabolic syndrome and daily calories the risk was still 48% higher for the daily-diet-soda-drinking group. If our results are confirmed with future studies, then it would suggest that diet soda may not be the optimal substitute for sugar-sweetened beverages for protection against vascular outcomes,” noted the study lead author, Hannah Gardener of the University Of Miami School Of Medicine

While this study, like others we have reported on, demonstrates a correlative link, not a causative one, the data is interesting. The study has several weakness such as self-reporting (notoriously inaccurate), no consistent follow up of dietary habit changes from the initial reporting and a lack of associated dietary details like what people consumed was not recorded. Nonetheless, it does beg pause before you pop the top off the artificially constructed bevridge. A previous report on the data collected from the Framingham Study suggested an association between soda (diet or otherwise) consumption and the development of metabolic syndrome.

Sometimes the winds of change blow as a gentle breeze. Pay attention.

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3 responses

11 02 2011
tasteofbeirut

I read the article in the paper but somehow the comment section is not working. anyway, great news is I get to drink a bit more wine per day than i thought! yay!

12 02 2011
What's Cooking with Dr. Mike: The Grassroots Gourmet™

absolutely! I’ll buy the first round!

12 02 2011
rebecca

love Joumana’s answer he he

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