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Does drinking diet soda raise the risk of a stroke?
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You guys are awesome! Being me and having to deal with me, I raise my glass of water with a slice of orange in it to you awesome creatures who possess self control when confronted with unlimited 0 calorie drinks that taste terrific😆
My Dad, a BC grad, used to say, “Everything! In moderation!” My Dad left the earth in 1959 after a fight with cancer. But his words are always in my brain. My question is this: Having become totally enamored with a certain diet drink which has no calories but plenty of caffeine! I found I was glugging down can after can after can especially when I could buy lots of cartons on sale! FREE I thought! But ah, beware, there is a price methinks, a tad worse than my usual caffeine from coffee, as there is a pairing with plenty of sodium! So, at 73, and still working, I am cutting out ALL sodas and most coffee and switching to water and an occasional orange and am already feeling better! Any compatriots out there?
I often see the claim that artificial sweeteners “make people crave” more sweets. Is there any scientific basis for this claim?
It does not agree with my personal experience at all. I drink a diet soda almost daily during the summer (and perhaps monthly other times of year). I notice no such “cravings” when I drink a lot of diet soda. I’ve maintain a healthy weight for 30 years by counting calories, and sugar sweetened soft drinks aren’t worth the 150 calories to me. I’d rather eat something with those calories. But I do enjoy diet sodas when its hot out, with no perceptible ill effects.
science has shown artificial sweetners are fine in moderate amounts
OK, so that means drinking soda is not a major cause of stroke but it’s rather associated with it some how.
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