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2/12/11 7:15 P

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I used to drink diet soda on a daily basis, but since joining SP, my beverage of choice is water. I actually don't like the taste of any soda anymore, which is a good thing.

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2/12/11 10:18 A

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I don't drink diet drinks. Artificial sweetners (I think) make my feet burn.

I do drink regular soda drinks. I'm diabetic, and I've found that a small Coke is the best thing for me when my sugar has dropped.

Otherwise, it's water for me except for my morning cup of coffee. emoticon
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2/11/11 10:49 P

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No pop, just coffee. I'm one of those people who isn't affected by caffeine (lucky me!), so I drink coffee like a lot of people drink diet soda. My one vice - and the drs. say it's okay. Yay!!


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2/11/11 10:50 A

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I gave up diet soda a while back because a fitness instructor told me the chemicals in it leach calcium from your bones - she showed me the science to back it up and I was convinced. I'm also not a fan of artificial sweeteners anymore. Like a lot of people I am trying to "eat clean" to up my nutrition and give my body less artificial foods to try and deal with.

The stroke thing - funny, we have to go to a funeral on Monday for a vibrant, fit 52 year old woman who died from a stroke. I do not know if she was a regular consumer of diet sodas or not - but her death has really given me pause - and made me more committed than ever to my healthy lifestyle.


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2/11/11 8:55 A

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Drink DIET soda on a regular basis? Yes
Drink SODA (non-diet) on a regular basis? No


I don't think I'll be giving up my one vice; however, the results of the study will probably make me cut back. I am also considering that many diet soda drinkers have other contributing factors (smoking, poor diet) so that would put us on the lower risk end as long as we stay committed to our Spark changes.

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2/11/11 2:09 A

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Drink diet soda just occasionally?

I only have a small diet coke about 8 oz. when I go to the movies on the weekends. Then I follow it with a bottle of water.

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2/10/11 9:40 P

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I occasionally have a diet soda, mostly when eating out or sometimes I feel I need something different than water. I may drink 1 or 2 diet soda's a month.

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2/10/11 9:28 P

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Totally off of soda pop.

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2/10/11 8:33 P

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I am trying to stop soda. I am being weaned off, but it is almost always diet.

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2/10/11 6:08 P

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I do not drink diet soda, and I don't remember when I last had a regular soda--more than 6 months ago though. Generally I think it's best to avoid processed foods and drinks. If it's unpronounceable it's un-consumable as far as I'm concerned.


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I drink diet soda - sugar/caffeine-free pop - often - not always everyday, but if I want a fizzy pop it's my choice.

I saw the headlines today about this and as per usual a study comes out and says "may" which then in hand "suggests" some risk and thus is quickly picked up as fact. This is far from conclusive. I've seen too many studies in the past that have created a panic so I've learned to just sit back and watch to see what actually becomes fact instead of a "suggestion". Just to name one, I went through the egg scare for many years which ended up being totally erroneous.

Some quotes from the article I read at www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Health/20110210/d
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"But the researchers are quick to point out that their study does not prove that diet soft drinks cause heart attacks or strokes. They note there could be other aspects about diet pop drinkers that accounts for the increased risk that they observed.

The research was presented this week at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2011. It found that people who drank diet pop every day had a 48 per cent higher risk of stroke or heart attack than people who said they never drank the stuff.

The study's lead researcher, Hannah Gardener, an epidemiologist at the University of Miami, says she has no idea why diet soft drinks could be risky."

My personal thinking is that "generally" the people who drink diet soda are already in higher risk groups for stroke or heart attack, i.e. overweight, diabetics, etc. At least this is my own observation of most of the people that I've seen drink diet soda over my adult years - I'm 62.

"It may be that people who drink lots of diet pop also tend to have a poor lifestyle that raises their stroke risk. That poor lifestyle could include smoking, drinking too much alcohol, not exercising enough or having high blood pressure and smoking.

However, the researchers tried to take into account these known stroke risk factors. And yet, they still didn't see a change in the link between drinking diet pop and increased stroke risk."

The key word in above paragraph is "tried" leading me to think that they may not have been successful.

This study with its "results" is very subjective and I think a lot more studies are necessary before conclusions should be or are made. For me the jury is out.









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I drink diet soda OCCASIONALLY... I am a BIG WATER drinker and my 2nd choice is Tea.

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2/10/11 4:38 P

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A new study suggests a correlation between daily DIET soda consumption and an increase in stroke risk.
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/health_
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Do you:

Drink DIET soda on a regular basis?
Drink SODA (non-diet) on a regular basis?
Drink any soda just occasionally?
Not drink soda at all?

I've been a regular consumer of DIET soda for a long time. But after hearing and reading this new research, I'm cutting way back. Yesterday I cut back and today I've had NO soda. I can't take the sweetness of non-diet soda, so I'm switching to water with lemon/lime for most of my intake. Now it's a real problem for my daily morning caffeinated DIET coke (miss it), but so far so good.

I don't think DIET soda causes strokes, but as I get older, I need all the help I can get to stay healthier. I mostly drank decaf diet except for the morning, but that link does take me aback.

How about you?





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