Huzzah! Caramel-colored-cola-consumers and fizzy-drink-fans, BEHOLD. Harvard University researchers recently published a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, claiming that diets that allow artificially sweetened diet soda won’t increase chances of diabetes, as previously assumed. LET US REJOICE. For I have tasted the carbonated pop of epic tastiness, and it was good. The gospels have revealed the glorious news, I’m gonna testify.
Except that it was only a few months ago when the American Stroke Association revealed that Diet Soda consumption leads to a 61% higher risk of heart attack and stroke.
Hold off on the rejoicing.
Any doctor, or anyone who knows how to execute a Google search, will tell you that you should limit your consumption of soda pops altogether, regardless of whether they are labeled “diet” or regular. Drinking soda is bad for you if you’re overweight, underweight, maintaining a healthy weight, sick, healthy, recuperating, dieting, fasting, gorging, binging, employed, unemployed, traveling, meditating . . . you get the idea. It’s the kind of drink that has no nutritional value whatsoever, and even if it’s caloric and glucose content is zero, it’s still comprised of a plethora of unpronounceable, unrecognizable chemicals you’d be hard-pressed to find in your kitchen. Suffice it to say, you’d get more nutrition if you ate the aluminum siding off the exterior of your garage than you would drinking soda.
So why would these Harvard researchers want to publish an experiment which could lead many people to increase their consumption of sodas?
Because people love to hear good news about their bad habits, that’s why. Decades ago, we were told that cigarette smoking was good for you, and helped you lose weight, even in the face of overwhelming cancer research. Then we were fed the idea that red wine was loaded with anti-oxidants, so we no longer needed to refrain from getting wasted during bad dates. Chocolate increases your sex drive! Potato chips provide much needed sodium! Coffee has anti-aging properties! Pizza gives you x-ray vision! Donuts make you the Captain of the Universe!
There needs to be an overhaul in the medical community concerning which studies are greenlit and receive funding, specifically for the strong impressions they leave on our health-conscious society. This type of study is dangerous in that it could easily grant soda-drinkers a false sense of security, and even encourage them to consume more. The study speaks nothing about the high risk of heart attack and stroke associated with drinking diet pop. Oversights and omissions like this are why there’s so much confusion these days about what’s healthy and what’s not.
Understood? Me, neither.