I’m trying to decide if I’d rather die of stroke (quickly so I don’t see it coming), or get laughed at while working my way to heart failure (slow and possibly quite painful). Honestly, neither is looking good and the way things are going the choice of water alone might be the saving grace of the American people.
What am I ranting about today, you wonder? Well, a recent study has found that consumers of diet cola are at a 61% increased risk for stroke, including (whether drinking diet or regular soda), more likely to have metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, elevated blood fats, low levels of good cholesterol, and large waists. Ergo, soda drinkers are more likely to be fat, diabetic, and suffering from cardiovascular disease, regardless of whether they’re drinking diet or regular soda.
Please say it isn’t so… salt and sugar, two staples for most Americans, have been found bad for you. Really bad, and unless you’ve been living in a vacuum, it’s likely that you already know this. What’s interesting, though, is that now organizations like like The National Academies Institute of Medicine are coming out to say (link) that it’s so bad the government should get involved to set federal standards to limit the amount of salt that food manufacturers, restaurants, and food service companies can add to their products.