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Diet Drink Dangers

Posted on 04/1/2014

Diet soft drinks may raise the risk of heart attacks, stroke and other heart problems in postmenopausal women, according to a new study presented at the annual scientific sessions of the American College of Cardiology in Washington.

While this news is alarming, it is not quite shocking to me. For years I've known that this fizzy stuff has no nutritional benefit. And the chemicals in it are harmful. Don’t even get me started on artificial sweeteners! Numerous studies have come to light to prove this time and again.

This study compared women who never or seldom drank diet drinks (i.e., diet soda), with those who drank two or more a day and those women were 30 percent more likely to suffer a cardiovascular event and 50 percent more likely to die from related disease.

Researchers from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics analyzed the findings of diet drink consumption and consequences among almost 60,000 women in a study called the Women’s Health Initiative. This study is a long-running U.S. observational study of postmenopausal women about cardiovascular health trends.

The researchers said that their findings were in line with previous studies that associated diet drinks and metabolic syndrome. The syndrome is associated with risk factors for heart disease, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and weight gain.

More studies are needed to assess the link between diet sodas and cardiovascular risks. However, there have been previous studies that have suggested a connection between artificially sweetened drinks and weight gain in both adults and teenagers, as well as a likely increase in metabolic syndrome.

In the mean time, why risk your health and future health? Start little by little until you have eliminated it from your diet completely. You’ll be glad you did in the long run!

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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