By Lexi Petronis, Glamour magazine
Until exactly two weeks ago, a diet soda was my usual default lunch beverage. But in an effort to break my dependence on caffeine, I let that almost-daily diet bubbly go (along with its morning sidekick, the latte) and am hitting the plain ol' water so hard, I'm pretty sure I'm mostly liquid at this point. Anyway, I've always found diet soda research interesting, especially because it seems to run the gamut from "hey, it's all good!" to "it's the worst!"... and these two new studies are rather case in point.
OK, so here's study number one: research in the March issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that people who switched from drinking sugary sodas to sipping diet soda and water lost more weight than people who kept on drinking the sugary stuff.
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"Substituting noncaloric beverages--whether it's water, diet soft drinks or something else--can be a clear and simple change for people who want to lose or maintain weight," said study author Deborah Tate, an associate professor of nutrition and of health behavior at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health.
So, there's that. Now, here's study number two: research in the Journal of General Internal Medicine is suggesting that people who drink diet soda every day have a heightened risk of heart attack and stroke.
Reports Yahoo!: "The study, which followed almost 2,600 older adults for a decade, found that those who drank diet soda every day were 44 percent more likely than non-drinkers to suffer a heart attack or stroke." Of course, the researchers say that the drinks themselves aren't necessarily the cause; there could be habits that diet soda-lovers have that could be to blame for the association. "Daily diet-soda drinkers did tend to be heavier and more often have heart risk factors like high blood pressure, diabetes and unhealthy cholesterol levels."
Chalk it up to more food (drink? Ha) for thought on diet soda, ladies. Do you drink diet soda? If so--how often do you have one? What's your beverage of choice?
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