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Diet Soda Just as Bad as the Real Thing

Posted by Heather J.

Diet pop is linked to the same health problems as regular pop, according to a new study. Researchers from Boston University studied data from more than 6,000 middle-aged adults participating in the large-scale Framingham Heart Study. These participants were all free of unhealthy symptoms such as excessive fat around the waist, high blood pressure, and low levels of "good" HDL cholesterol when the study started. After four years of follow up, researchers found that adults who drink one or more sodas a day—diet or regular—had about a 50 percent higher risk of metabolic syndrome (fat around the waist, high blood pressure, etc.). This study is the first to find that diet soda is just as harmful and the full-sugar variety. Participants who drink one or more soda per day (regular or diet) had a 31 percent greater risk of becoming overweight. If it can eat away battery acid on a car, it’s can’t be good to put in your body. Better options include mineral or regular water (flavored with lemon or lime if you choose), fruit juice (made with 100 percent fruit; no added sugar!), or low fat or skim milk.

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