Sipping sodas?

Anyone reading this blog has long given up sipping sodas. Regardless of the sugar source, they are calories – devoid of nutrients. But what about diet sodas?

Well, nothing grabs headlines faster than what a food or ingredient might do to the brain. So, for all my headline readers and one of my BFFs, this one’s for you.

One study published online April 20, 2017 in Stroke (attention-grabbing publication, right?) revealed consuming one or more cans of diet pop daily was associated with an increased risk of stroke and dementia. You set your can down, didn’t you?

Let’s check in with the study’s lead author Matthew Pase, PhD, Boston U School of Medicine as he talked with Medscape:

We can’t show cause and effect in this study as it is observational in design

And further:

The jury is still out, and this just shows people need to be cautious

The American Heart Association reflects on this and a second study published online in Alzheimer’s and Dementia, March 5, 2017:

The results, however, come with a host of caution flags raised by experts. They say the study does not even hint that regular sugary drinks are better for you, or even that artificially sweetened drinks were associated with higher risk of strokes or dementia.

Dr. Pase said this could be a case for “reverse causality”. He hypothesizes that unhealthy people might tend to drink diet sodas.

There was no distinction as to the type of artificial or non-nutritive sweeteners in the study.

Our choices: guzzling sugar based sodas OR succumbing to stroke and dementia? There is a third way. Stop reading misleading headlines. Skip sugary drinks (pop, energy or rehydration when you haven’t really done anything) and don’t go hog wild on diet drinks.

Drink more water to be well,


PS Feel free to enjoy the creative writing on ingredient labels…made from pure organic evaporated cane juice…

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