Think you’re healthy because you’re drinking diet soda instead of regular? Guess again! The drink will kill you with sodium.
Using data collected from a nine-year analysis of approximately 2,500 people over the age of 40, scientists found a relationship between diet soda consumption and vascular problems. A second study using the same data linked salt intake to ischemic strokes, which result from vessels blocking blood from reaching the brain. According to the research, subjects who consumed one or more diet sodas on a daily basis had a 61 percent greater risk of experiencing vascular events than their soda-less counterparts. The second study showed that individuals who consumed more than 4,000 milligrams of sodium a day had twice the risk of experiencing a stroke when compared to individuals with an intake of less than the recommended limit of 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day.
On the other hand, you know, no calories! So at least you can LOOK good while you’re having that heart attack. And, really, isn’t that what matters?