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Soda Loses It’s Fizz

April 1, 2016


To me, drinking diet soda is like drinking poison. I mean, you wouldn’t guzzle down a bottle of Windex, so why would you drink something that isn’t really any better for you than that? Many studies have exposed the perils of diet soda consumption, proving that the calorie free, sugar free drink can be hazardous to your health. More and more Americans are coming to their senses about the risks, resulting in a whopping 30% decrease in total soda sales, with diet drinks leading the biggest decline.

Before you pop that top, read on to see why diet soda is hazardous to your health.


A long term study from Harvard University showed that drinking more than two diet sodas per day increased the risk for kidney disease two-fold.

An early study from the University of Minnesota found that drinking just one diet soda per day could be attributed to a drop of 34% in metabolic activity. This equates to higher cholesterol and increased belly fat, which can be a risk factor for heart disease.

Obesity rates among diet soda drinkers are high, as the artificial sweeteners increase cravings for sweets, causing the test subjects in the Texas Health Science Center study to over-indulge regularly.

Using diet soda as a mixer for alchohalic beverages isn’t such a great idea either. While they are lower in calories than other options, the lack of sugar in the drink allows the liquor to enter your bloodstream more quickly, getting you drunk faster, and ultimately hung over later.

Can With Pull-Tab, High Angle View

Can With Pull-Tab, High Angle View

Diet sodas contain preservatives called mold inhibitors, such as sodium benzoate or potassium benzoate, which can lead to severe damage to DNA at the cellular level. They are also linked to hives, asthma and are listed in the UK as known  irritants to eyes, skin and mucus membranes.

Because of the low pH of diet soda, the acid content is extremely high. This equates to all kinds of dental issues, including decay, and tooth loss.

High levels of phosphates in the beverage can interfere with calcium levels and increase your chances of fracturing a bone during a fall by three to four times.

If all of that isn’t enough to make you step away from the Diet Coke, how about  reports that Asparatame may in fact be carcinogenic? And while that has been widely disputed over the years, the chemical ( chemical!!!) has been linked to, but not proven to cause a vast range of other health issues, including dizziness, Alzhiemer’s, birth defects, seizures, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.

Kind of takes the fizz out of things, doesn’t it?

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January 22, 2016

We try to keep up with the innovations and discoveries in the health and wellness genre, as recent studies reveal better ways of eating and exercising all the time. While many findings are premature and only point to certain conclusions, they come from reputable sources and are worthy of a look-see.

Some, however sound too good to be true, perhaps because they are.
My Facebook feed is full of people posting that certain things are good for their health, because they so desperately want them to be. Diet soda better than water? A glass of wine the equivilent of an hour in the gym?  A chocolate bar a day for weight loss? Pretty doubtful. Yet these are actual headlines that have popped up recently, that people have taken seriously.


The University of Alberta, in Canada found that rats who consumed one glass of red wine per day had similiar benefits to an hour of exercise. Hmm. Although many studies have lauded the resveratol found in red wine, we find this one a little hard to swallow. Compared to an hour in the gym doing what? Drinking wine?  I love a glass of red as much as the next guy, but I don’t think I am going to give up on the gym quite yet.


That study that found that drinking diet soda is better for weight loss than drinking water?Funded by an organization that has Coke and Pepsi execs on the board. The researchers were also paid a stipend by the group, and the lead author was paid by the British Sugar Bureau. Of the 55,000 studies carried out, only the information from three of them were used. Only one of the three was able to show a weight loss benefit for the diet soda drinkers, as compared to those that drank water. Credible? We say highly questionable.


John Bohannon, a journalist embarked on a prank study which bestowed the virtues of eating a chocolate bar a day to promote weight loss. While the news from the faux German study swept the world, the conclusions were, in fact unfounded. You can read Bohannon’s account of the hoax here.

Like with anything else in life, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Before you settle in for a night of Netflix, accompanied by a glass of wine, a bar of chocolate and some diet soda thinking it is a magic bullet for weight loss, I’d like to chat with you about purchasing a certain bridge in New York.

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Propensity for Obesity Declines

July 30, 2015


The obesity epidemic in the United States seems to be showing signs of slowing down.

The New York Times reports that the decade long slide into obesity is on the decline. Using statistics collected from barcode data and food production estimates, this is the first sustained decline in the 40 years that diet and calorie consumption has been tracked.

Children are showing the biggest difference, cutting back an average of 9% of thier intake since 2004. The average adult has cut back to 2195 calories per day, from the 2003-2004 amount of 2269.

Non-diet soda consumption fell 25% since the beginning of 2000.

Before we get all excited about the positive change, we still have a long way to go. Almost 35% of all adult Americans are still obese, with high risks for stroke, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancers.

While there is a drop in non-diet soda consumption, Americans are still drinking an average of 30 gallons of it annually. Worse yet, diet soda is a petrie dish of chemicals, linked to it’s own laundry list of health woes.

Americans are not coming close to meeting their ideal targets for eating fruits and vegetables. According to LiveScience, we are only consuming about 13% of the recommended daily requirements for fruit, and 9% of the required vegetables.

The best news is the change in children’s intake, marking a shift in awareness. Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move and healthy eating programs seem to be having a postive effect on this age group and their parents. Let’s hope that schools and families continue embrace a healthier lifestyle for their children.


Soda Canned

May 15, 2012

While visiting a friend in the hospital this weekend, I was struck by a sign on a vending machine in the patient’s lounge. It read:

“The health risks associated with obesity, along with the increase in diabetes and heart disease are so substantial, that the Mount Sinai Medical Center has taken the lead and now prohibits the sale of high fructose beverages in our vending machines.”

The vending machine was filled with every flavor of diet soda you can imagine.  Do they really believe that chemically sweetened diet soda is better for you than the original versions? Many renowned researchers disagree.

A recent study from the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute and Harvard University found that the more soda a person consumes, regardless of whether or not it is sweetened with sugar or artificially sweetened, increases one’s risk for stroke.

A previous study, found an increased risk of stroke, heart attack and vascular related deaths in older adults who drank diet soda.

A 2009 Nurse’s Health Study of 3,256 women, found that those who drank 2 or more diet sodas per day had a 30% drop in kidney function.  Although there is no final word on the matter yet, it is thought that artificial sweeteners may scar kidney tissue over time.

The acid content in soda has been found to be harmful to tooth enamel. Both regular and diet soda contain phosphoric and citric acids, which promote carbonation, and eat away at tooth enamel, the main barrier to decay.

Drinking soda can lead to bone loss. The phosphoric acid in soda also causes the calcium in the bloodstream to be excreted more quickly than normal. The bones give up some of their supply, to keep the blood calcium level constant. This results in weakening of the bones over time.

Ironically, diet soda has been associated with obesity, since it is thought that the sweet taste sends the brain a signal, causing it to suggest to the body that high calorie foods are en route. When they don’t arrive, the appetite is increased, as is the “sweet tooth”. Another theory suggests that people believe that they are saving so many calories by drinking diet soda, that they indulge in other fattening foods.

Given the information readily available on the health risks associated with soda intake and artificial sweeteners, it is mind-boggling and irresponsible for a hospital to supply it to their patients and visitors.

What do you think?

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