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Should you limit your soda intake?

Posted Feb 20 2011 3:28am

I understand the negative impact of drinking regular soda every day. The extra, empty calories are a waste and lead to accumulation of extra weight. For everyone, but especially runners & jogglers , extra weight is bad. It makes you less healthy and worse…slower. I was convinced so a few years ago, I switched from regular soda to diet soda. Soda tastes good and I like it. I figured having one soda a day would be fine.

And the truth is, it probably is fine.

There was research that showed drinking diet sodas did not lead to less caloric intake (apparently it makes you want to eat more) but switching back to regular sodas increased my calories. After 6 months, I switched back.

Therefore, I happily joggle every day and drink about 1 diet soda. Diet Dr. Pepper and Diet Coke are my favorites.

Now, there is this soda research that suggests that diet soda might be increasing my risk for “vascular events.” Those are bad and can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

So I’m left to wonder, should I stop drinking so much soda?

I guess I probably should. Maybe one soda a month is what I should shoot for. Although, more realistic is one soda a week.

How much soda do you drink? Do you go for the diet sodas? Leave a comment below.

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