Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Diet Soda Drinkers... a Warning!
Researchers were surprised by a, large but inclusive, study that showed that people who drank more than one diet soda per day were just as likely to develop the very same risks for heart disease as those who drank regular soda.
The researchers were expecting to notice a difference between diet and regular soda drinkers. However, it's believed that soda itself is not the cause, but rather, some say, a link, because it could increase a person's craving for sweets. Accordingly, Dr. Vasan Ramachandran, the senior author of the study, said that this is a link that must be studied more closely.
It was also reported that those who drank more than one soft drink a day had a 48 percent increased prevalence of metabolic syndrome than those who drank less soda.
However, there are many who disagree with the findings, as there usually are in these cases.
Susan Neely, president of the American Beverage Association, for example, stated that the notion that diet drinks are associated with bulging waistlines defies common sense.
"How can something with zero calories that's 99 percent water with a little flavoring in it ... cause weight gain?" she asked.
Of course it doesn't matter what type of medical or scientific study comes along, there always seems to contradictory aspects to it, so Dr. Vasan Ramachandran advice, in the mean time, for diet soda drinkers is to: "Consume in moderation and stayed tuned for more research."
After all, water is good for you, but if you get too much, you could drown; get too little and you could dehydrate and die, so what's the difference? I believe the good doctor's advice is indeed the best route to go not only on this one, but just about anything else in life.
Personally, I'm not much of a soda drinker, but if I do have a soda it will still probably be of the diet kind.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this day of Tuesday, July 24, 2007.