Diet Sodas Linked to Strokes

It’s no secret. We all know too much soda is bad for you. Previously linked to weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, and tooth decay, scientists have now found another reason to avoid the bubbly goodness. Apparently, getting those diet sodas as a way to avoid the "bad" elements of regular soda is a "bad" idea. Researchers at Cleveland Clinic's Wellness Institute and Harvard University found that low-calorie, sugar-sweetened soda caused a higher risk of strokes.

Conversely, and quite shocking, they found that coffee has antioxidants that may reduce stroke risk. According to Science Daily, when compared with one serving of sugar-sweetened soda, one serving of decaffeinated coffee was associated with a 10 percent lower risk of stroke. "According to research from the USDA, sugar-sweetened beverage consumption has increased dramatically in the United States over the past three decades, and it's affecting our health," said Dr. Adam Bernstein. "These findings reiterate the importance of encouraging individuals to substitute alternate beverages for soda."

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