Thursday, April 27, 2017

Sugar- and Artificially Sweetened Beverages and the Risks of Incident Stroke and Dementia

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For years, Americans have been slugging down diet sodas at an un-Godly rate.  Usually this is done under the pretense that “diet soda is better for you than the type with all of the sugar”.  When it comes to your teeth, this may very well be true, but I’ve often wondered what all of the chemicals in diet soft drinks are doing to the rest of you.  Case in point, I’ve taken a lot of grief over the years about my choice to drink regular Coca-cola (when it drink a soft drink) instead of Diet.  My reply has always been “I’d rather dance with the devil I know than the one I don’t.”
Now comes info that my gut feelings may have been right.  I’m not claiming that any kind of soft drink is good for you.  It’s just that I’ve always had the nagging feeling that diet might just be MORE bad for you.  So, take a look at a quick excerpt from a study in the April 2017 Journal of the American Heart Association.  After reading it, if you’d like to read the full scientific paper, here is the link.
Sugar- and artificially-sweetened beverage intake have been linked to cardiometabolic risk factors, which increase the risk of cerebrovascular disease and dementia. We examined whether sugar- or artificially sweetened beverage consumption was associated with the prospective risks of incident stroke or dementia in the community-based Framingham Heart Study Offspring cohort.

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