I’ve seen several articles recently about the dangers of consuming soda pop, but this one is the scariest yet! From an article in The Sun today:
JUST two diet drinks a day raises the risk of dying young by a quarter, a major study reveals. And lovers of Diet Coke and Pepsi Max see their chances of being killed by a heart attack or stroke rocket by more than half, compared to those who avoid the stuff. Experts said the “important” European findings – involving more than 450,000 people – were “concerning”.
And don’t think you’re off the hook if you choose diet soda – it turns out that could be even worse than the full sugar stuff: It suggests switching to sugar-free products – such as Diet Pepsi or Lucozade Zero – could be equally bad for health, if not worse. The study was carried out by the International Agency for Research on Cancer in France, which is a part of the WHO. Lead researcher Dr Neil Murphy said: “The striking observation in our study was that we found positive associations for both sugar-sweetened and artificially-sweetened soft drinks with risk of all-cause deaths.
The take home message: DRINK WATER! But for those of us on the Weekday Fast plan, that comes as no surprise.