I've posted about the health consequences of artificial sweeteners before but had to post this new information I read this morning. Dr. Weil writes...
"Drinking diet sodas daily is associated with an increased chance of suffering a heart attack, stroke, or of dying due to conditions that affect the circulatory system. This news follows an analysis of data gathered from more than 2,500 participants in New York City that looked at the relationship between drinking sodas (diet or regular) and cardiovascular disease risks. No association was found with consuming regular soft drinks or drinking diet sodas more moderately (between one a month and six a week), but the investigators found that compared to individuals who drink no diet sodas, those who drink them daily were 43 percent more likely to have a heart attack, stroke or other vascular event. The researchers said that the reasons for this association are unclear and that more research is needed. The study was published online on Jan. 27, 2012 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine."
Pretty crazy stuff. Quit the addiction and drink water flavored with your favorite fruit - raspberries, strawberries, peaches, etc. Jazz it up even more by using carbonated water - seltzer. These drinks are very refreshing, without any calories and 100% na-tu-ral! Enjoy!
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