STUDY: Diet Soda Is Seriously Killing People


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Being healthy is on everyone’s mind these days. We live in a world whereas we are surrounded by way more bad choices than good choices, which makes it difficult to stay on a healthy track. I know lots of people who contend that diet sodas are healthier options which are good for losing weight. Diet sodas (and diet food products in some cases) have made use of artificial sweeteners, such as Aspartame, in an effort to replace sugar and calories as a way to create the facade of a healthier option. But hasn’t it always sounded just a little too good to be true?

Technically, that’s because the reality is that it is too good to be true. And now one of the largest studies on the matter is further exposing the marketing as nothing short of fraudulent.

The study in reference is from The University of Iowa and it has issued a stern warning to anyone who might think Diet Soda is a healthy alternative.

Compared to women who never or only rarely consume diet drinks, those who consume two or more a day are 30 percent more likely to have a cardiovascular event [heart attack or stroke] and 50 percent more likely to die from related disease.

‘This is one of the largest studies on this topic, and our findings are consistent with some previous data, especially those linking diet drinks to the metabolic syndrome,’ says Dr. Ankur Vyas… the lead investigator of the study.

…The association persisted even after researchers adjusted the data to account for demographic characteristics and other cardiovascular risk factors, including body mass index, smoking, hormone therapy use, physical activity, energy intake, salt intake, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and sugar-sweetened beverage intake.

Diet soda is literally awful for you. There are no redeeming qualities. I don’t drink soda, but if I chose to drink it, I’d choose to drink regular versions of it rather than risk ingesting this chemical.

Here is more to ponder.

Aspartame is NOT safe.

How can a diet soda with 0 calories cause weight gain?

So then how do we convince people that this stuff is bad? I know, it sounds easy, but really it isn’t. Diet soda marketing is a well-crafted art that’s well adept at countering grass roots campaigns. Do you want your 15-year old daughter to stop drinking diet coke? Good luck convincing her because hey, Taylor Swift drinks it.

Sofia Vergara? She drinks Diet Pepsi.

The marketing in these matters is clean and precise, it promotes living a sexy and hip lifestyle. It appeals to young and old and all genders and demographics (Vergara is latina). It even appeals to a variety of body sizes (Vergara a rounder figure when compared to Swift). Clearly, I could list examples of athletes and songwriter / singers (Ray Charles is one of the largest diet soda celebrity promoters in history). And it isn’t just celebrities, diet soda marketing is also funny and even movingly passionate. Nothing trumps a diet soda commercial. So sure, it is easy to think “well people should just give it up because it is obvious,” but that’s more your perception and reality, which isn’t the same as the vast majority of people out there.

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