Are you willing to risk heart attack by drinking low carb diet soda?


Diet soda was introduced by beverage companies like Coca cola and Pepsi to give diet conscious people an option to enjoy their favorite soda.  Diet soda has appealed people watching their calorie intake, but has been criticized for not tasting as good as the regular soda.  A study enlightened that diet soda can increase your risk for heart attack or stroke.  There was no reason found for the increase heart risk due to diet soda, but it raises enough questions about health benefit of diet soda. 

About the study
A study was conducted at Northern Manhattan.  In the study about 2,500 adults were enrolled over 40 in the New York area from 1993 to 2001 through random phone calls. The study consisted of 50% Hispanic and 25% black, making it one of the few studies to look at these risks in minorities. At the start of the study, participants were asked to fill out a standard survey and their health was tracked for nearly 10 years.  Total of 559 strokes were observed during the course of study, in which 338 of them fatal.

The study found 48% higher risk of stroke or heart attack in daily diet soda drinkers (there were 116 in the study) as compared to people who drank no soda of any kind (901 people, or 35 percent of total participants). The risk factors to heart attack such as smoking, diabetes, waistline size and other differences among the groups were also taken into account.

No significant differences in risk were seen among people who drank a mix of diet...

and regular soda.

Is this study conclusive?
Study owners do not claim that the evidence provided by the study was full proof, but Dr. Steven Greenberg, Harvard Medical School neurologist and vice chairman of the International Stroke Conference in California commented that the beverage findings should be “a wakeup call to pay attention to diet sodas.” 

American Dietetic Association had different though regarding the study and acknowledged that “The body of scientific evidence does show that diet soft drinks can be a useful weight management tool, a position supported by the American Dietetic Association. Thus, to suggest that they are harmful with no credible evidence does a disservice to those trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.” 

I think the study warrants more detailed investigation or bigger trial to support or reject the findings from latest study.   Diet soda may help you watch your carbs, but I can’t image that general, drinking too much of soda can be healthy for your body.



22 Responses

  1. ven says:

    This warning notice should have been done long time ago. Any chemical additives such as Aspartame (fake sweetener ) are bad. Only real food is good for the body.

    • Rupali Gupta says:

      This seems logical, but how would you change habit of people gulping down multiple 32 ounces of diet soda daily.

      • Lucy Storey says:

        I have a very good friend who drinks a couple of ‘Big Gulp’ diet soda per day. Since it is diet, she feels that it is okay. I have on several occasions told her about the diet soda theory and heart disease to no avail.

        I am a heart disease survivor and am always researching facts to better my life. I wish I would have paid better attention before this all took place. I do my best to educate anyone who will listen, especially those I love.

        This needs to continue to be exposed. We may not reach all, but atleast the information is out there and hopefully one will grow to many.

  2. pennybuel says:

    Major brands always give out their popular brand samples (in a way to promote the products) best place on the internet is “123 Get Samples” find them & enjoy your samples

  3. Yes, this backs up another article I read where it stated that no matter if you drank full-strength or diet sodas, the weight loss was unaffected. Maybe because nothing else in your life changed?


  4. Skogie says:

    The headline about low carb is misleading, Diet pops are about reduced calories not reduced carbs. Most low carb diets don’t allow foods (including diet pops) with Aspartame in them. Once again the low carb diets are out in front of the pack.

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