Cola Cardiovascular Risks

Okay, we can all agree. Soda is unredeemable junk food. There’s nothing nutritious about high fructose corn syrup and bubbles—and it’s about to get worse! According to The Los Angeles Times including soda in your diet can lead to a 48% increased risk of metabolic syndrome. Thomas H. Maugh II reports:
Researchers knew that drinking regular sodas contributed to the risk of metabolic syndrome, but this is the first finding implicating diet sodas, according to results published online in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Assn.

The researchers were uncertain why diet soda seemed to have such a large effect.

The study's lead author, Dr. Ramachandran S. Vasan of the Boston University School of Medicine, said it was unlikely that an ingredient in soda caused the effect. More likely is that consuming sweet sodas changes dietary patterns or that soda was simply a marker for participants' poor eating habits, he said.

Dr. Meir Stampfer of the Harvard School of Public Health, who was not involved in the study, said the findings were not unexpected, although he added, "I'm surprised by the magnitude of the association."
Diet soda is no better; Diet Soda a Farce?
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