Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Diet Soda Causes Heart Disease

How many people do you now that have a diet cola glued to their hands 24-7-365?
I't more common that you think. As a matter of fact, the ubiqutious carbonated can, glass, or plastic bottle of refreshing soda pop can cause Metabolic Syndrome: a delightful assortment of risk factors for heart disease, diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, blood glucose levels, and high blood pressure.

Who would have thought. We messed up again. We trusted. When are we going to learn?

Drinking diet soda, it suggested, puts Americsn's at higher risk of developing risk factors like high blood pressure and high levels of "bad" cholesterol that are connected to heart disease and diabetes. A report published in Behavioral Neuroscience, found that—in rats, at least—cutting the traditional link between sweet flavor and high calories seems to throw off the ability to judge the caloric content of food. That leads to overeating. Smell what I'm cooking?

U.S. News and World Report: Before you toss your cans or, two-liter bottles, though, realize that this study shows only an association; it does not at all prove that drinking soda actually leads to metabolic syndrome. As New York University nutritionist Marion Nestle notes on her blog, the habit might be a marker for some other less-healthy behaviors that actually do cause the syndrome. So, be prudent and try not to drink 10 cans a day until the studies are conclusive.
Plus, the phosphates in cola, strip us of bone-strengthening calcium and the caffeine keeps us dehydrated.

Green tea, iced tea, hot herbal tea, water, fruit juice, and smoothies are all excellent ways to slake your thirst.

Chef Wendell

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