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Limit Diet Sodas and Drinks, Stick to Water Instead

Updated: Oct 9, 2018

The American Heart Association (AHA) released a science advisory counseling against soda consumption. They now recommend people replace diet and regular soda with plain, carbonated, flavored but unsweetened water.

The committee combed through research papers published over a two year period to determine if there is an association between low-calorie soda consumption and weight gain, dementia, stroke and other health problems. They concluded that the science behind the correlations are fuzzy and further studies are planned. But, based on their findings, they made the following recommendation:

The AHA believes the best advice at the moment is to decrease intake and avoid excessive intake of diet sodas.

The committee understands that a “diet” soda may be helpful as a replacement when someone is trying to ween themselves off of regular sugar-laden soda. However, there is no real evidence that this strategy works.

“There’s nothing health-promoting about diet sodas. The only health-related role it has is as a transition beverage, replacing or displacing sugar-sweetened beverages.”

The recommendations were published July 30 in the American Heart Association (AHA) journal Circulation

Luckily, a report from the federal data base showed that adults and young people are drinking less of both sugary soda and diet soda.

Learn more about sugar intake, ways to avoid sugar and how to spot hidden high sugar offenders with the Diabetes Education Services “The Joy of Six” resource page.

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