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1 Diet & Regular Soda's is a NO NO.... on Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:44 am


Assalimu Alaikum to all my brothers and sisters.
Please sister's let us talk about the usage of Diet soda's. There is now lots of research out that soda's in general is very bad for you. Especially DIET. These sodas have proven to kill our kidneys and the function percentage is a 30% decline. Ive posted article below pleae read and change this habit.
Diet Sodas May Be Hard on the Kidneys
Women Who Drink 2 or More Diet Sodas Daily Double Their Risk of Kidney Function Decline, Study Shows

Nov. 2, 2009 -- Diet soda may help keep your calories in check, but drinking two or more diet sodas a day may double your risk of declining kidney function, a new study shows.

Women who drank two or more diet sodas a day had a 30% drop in a measure of kidney function during the lengthy study follow-up, according to research presented Saturday at the annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology in San Diego.

"Thirty percent is considered significant,'' says researcher Julie Lin, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a staff physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. That's especially true, she says, because most study participants had well-preserved kidney function at the start of the study.

Diet Soda and Kidneys: Study Details
The researchers evaluated 3,256 women already participating in the Nurses' Health Study who had submitted dietary information, including their intake of sugary beverages -- sugar-sweetened drinks, sugar-sweetened soda, and artificially sweetened soda. Sugar-sweetened drinks included soda, fruit juices, punch, and iced tea.

Information was also available on measures of kidney function. Their median age was 67.

Lin's team looked at the cumulative average beverage intake, derived from food questionnaires completed in 1984, 1986, and 1990. The women replied whether they drank the beverages less than once a month, one to four times a month, two to six times weekly, once daily but less than twice, or twice a day or more often.

Diet Soda and Kidneys: Study Results
When the researchers compared kidney function of the women in 1989 and 2000, they found that 11.4% or 372 women had a kidney function decline of 30% or more. When they looked at the diet information, they found that the 30% decline in kidney function was associated with drinking two or more artificially sweetened sodas a day. This was true even after taking into account factors such as age, high blood pressure, diabetes, and physical activity.

Put another way: the women who drank two or more diet sodas a day had a decline in their glomerular filtration rate, a measure of kidney function, of 3 milliliters per minute per year. ''With natural aging, kidney function declines about 1 mL per minute per year after age 40," Lin says. No link was found with the other beverages. And less than two sodas a day didn't seem to hurt. "We didn't see any association up to two artificially sweetened beverages a day," Lin says.

''A serving was reported as either a glass, a can, or a bottle of a beverage," Lin tells WebMD. ''It was not more specific than that."

''The mechanisms aren't clear," Lin says of the association she found. In another study she presented at the meeting, she found higher salt intake is also associated with faster kidney function decline.

All of the participants were women, so Lin can't say for sure that the association holds for men, although she says there is ''no biological reason to think it wouldn't."

About 20 million Americans have some evidence of chronic kidney disease, according to the society. Kidney disease diagnoses have doubled each of the last two decades.
Diet Soda and Kidney Function: Industry Input
Asked to review the study findings, Maureen Storey, senior vice president of science policy for the American Beverage Association, says in a prepared statement: "It's important to remember that this is an abstract presented at an annual meeting." She notes that the research needs further scrutiny by researchers.

She acknowledges that kidney disease is serious but that diabetes and high blood pressure account for the majority of kidney disease cases, ''not consumption of diet soda."

Diet Soda and Kidney Function: Dietitian's View
In reviewing the study, Connie Diekman, RD, director of university nutrition for Washington University, St. Louis, wonders if the link might have come about because of long-term consumption, as many of the participants were older adults.

The link found, she says, "calls for more studies where actual intake can be assessed, rather than taking the information from food frequency questionnaires, which could be subject to mistakes."

Diet drinks, she says, are ''generally low in important health-promoting nutrients, so keeping them as a small part of your eating plan would be a smart step."

Link: http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20091102/diet-sodas-hard-on-the-kidneys

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2 Re: Diet & Regular Soda's is a NO NO.... on Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:45 am


Pancreatic Cancer Linked to Sodas?
Study Says 2 Sodas Per Week Raises Pancreatic Cancer Risk; Beverage Industry Says Study Is Flawed
By Kathleen Doheny
WebMD Health NewsReviewed by Louise Chang, MDFeb. 8, 2010 -- Drinking as little as two soft drinks a week appears to nearly double the risk of getting pancreatic cancer, according to a new study.

''People who drank two or more soft drinks a week had an 87% increased risk -- or nearly twice the risk -- of pancreatic cancer compared to individuals consuming no soft drinks," says study lead author Noel T. Mueller, MPH, a research associate at the Cancer Control Program at Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, D.C. The study is published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

The beverage industry took strong exception to the study, calling it flawed and pointing to other research that has found no association between soda consumption and pancreatic cancer.

Cancer of the pancreas was diagnosed in about 42,000 people in the U.S. in 2009, according to American Cancer Society estimates, and about 35,240 deaths from the disease were expected. The pancreas lies behind the stomach. It makes hormones such as insulin to balance sugar in the blood and produces juices with enzymes to help break down fats and protein in foods.

Slideshow: Pancreatic Cancer

Sodas and Pancreatic Cancer Risk: Study Details
Previous studies have produced mixed conclusions about whether consumption of soft drinks boosts the risk of pancreatic cancer.

So Mueller and his colleagues evaluated 60,524 men and women enrolled in the Singapore Chinese Health Study, begun in 1993, for up to 14 years, looking at their diet and whether they got cancer.

They asked all participants about food intake, including sodas and juices. Mueller says the researchers didn't ask specifically about diet soda consumption, but that most of the soda drunk was regular or sweetened.

In Singapore at that time, Mueller says, there was very little intake of diet soda.

"We followed the participants for 14 plus years, keeping track of different cancers," he tells WebMD.

They found 140 cases of pancreatic cancer and looked back to see if there was an association with sodas or juices.

Sodas and Pancreatic Cancer Risk: Study Results
The researchers divided the consumption of sodas and juices into three categories: none, less than two servings a week, or two or more servings a week.

Those who drank two or more a week -- the average number was five -- had the 87% increased risk, Mueller tells WebMD.

No link was found between juices and pancreatic cancer risk.

Why the link with sugary sodas? Mueller says they are not certain. "What we believe is the sugar in the soft drinks is increasing the insulin level in the body, which we think contributes to pancreatic cancer cell growth. That increase in insulin is what may be leading to the development of the cancer."

His team adjusted for other risk factors, such as advancing age, smoking, diabetes, and body mass index. The risk for pancreatic cancer rises with age.

Sodas and Pancreatic Cancer: Industry and Other Views
The beverage industry protested the results. ''The study has a lot of weaknesses in it," Richard Adamson, PhD, scientific consultant for the American Beverage Association in Washington, D.C., tells WebMD.

One example, he says, are the small numbers of pancreatic cancer cases. He points out that of the 140 cases, 110 of those people did not drink sodas, while 12 had less than two servings a week, and 18 had two or more servings a week.

''It has a small number of pancreatic cancer cases compared to the population studied," he tells WebMD.

Other studies have found no link, he tells WebMD.

In a statement attributed to Adamson, the American Beverage Association points to a 2008 study finding no such link. It also takes exception to the focus on soft drinks rather than overall dietary patterns.

''You can be a healthy person and enjoy soft drinks," the statement reads.

Susan Mayne, PhD, associate director of the Yale Cancer Center and professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, called the study results ''intriguing" in a statement but cautioned that the study finding was based on a relatively small number of cases and does not prove cause and effect. She is an editorial board member of the journal. The study was funded by the National Cancer Institute.

Even though the new study has limitations, the findings do echo those of previous studies, says Laurence N. Kolonel, MD, PhD, a researcher at the Cancer Research Center and professor of public health at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu. With his colleagues, he evaluated the association between added sugars in the diet and pancreatic cancer risk, publishing the findings in 2007. “In our study, we found a positive association between high intake of fructose and pancreatic cancer,” he tells WebMD. “Since high-fructose corn syrup is the main sweetener in non-diet soft drinks, our findings and those of the present study are quite consistent.”

Link: http://www.webmd.com/cancer/pancreatic-cancer/news/20100208/pancreatic-cancer-linked-sodas

3 Re: Diet & Regular Soda's is a NO NO.... on Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:45 am


Increasing Soda Consumption Fuels Rise in Diabetes, Heart Disease

FRIDAY, March 5 (HealthDay News) --Increasing consumption of sugary soft drinks contributed to 130,000 new cases of diabetes, 14,000 new cases of heart disease and 50,000 more life-years burdened with heart disease in the last decade, a new U.S. study finds.

"The finding suggests that any kind of policy that reduces consumption might have a dramatic health benefit," said senior study author Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, an associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, who was to present the finding Friday during the American Heart Association's Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention annual conference, in San Francisco.

The study used a computer simulation of heart disease that has been applied to other cardiovascular risk factors, such as obesity and dietary salt, Bibbins-Domingo explained. "We probably underestimated the incidence, because the rise is greatest among the young, and our model focuses on adults 35 and older," she said.

One plausible explanation is that the increased incidence of cardiovascular problems is due to a rising incidence of diabetes, Bibbins-Domingo said, while an increase in obesity might also be responsible.

"Whatever the mechanism, large population studies do suggest an effect of drinking large lots of sweetened beverages," she said. "No one argues that these drinks are not fine in moderation, but over the past decade their consumption has been on the rise, while consumption of other beverages has declined."

A statement by Maureen Storey, senior vice president for science policy for the American Beverage Association, noted that the study had not yet been published in a scientific journal, and therefore had not undergone review by outside, qualified scientists.

"What we do know is that both heart disease and diabetes are complex conditions with no single cause and no single solution," Storey said in the statement, which noted that consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is not listed as a risk factor by the American Heart Association. "Rather, we need to continue to educate Americans about the importance of balancing the calories from the foods and beverages we eat and drink with regular physical activity."

But the study does suggest that any kind of policy that reduces consumption might have a health benefit, Bibbins-Domingo noted. One such policy is a proposed tax on sugar-sweetened drinks, she noted. "The reason why there is a current debate about a tax is that scientific evidence in populations has consistently shown that more than one drink a day increases your risk," she said.

The American Heart Association recommends limiting consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks such as soda pop, while "alternative choices are available," said Dr. Robert H. Eckel, a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado and a past president of the association.

"Juice from fruit itself is nutrient-rich, and its nutritional value goes beyond the carbohydrate content," Eckel said.

The recommended daily sugar intake amounts to just one can of sugar-sweetened soda a day for a man and slightly less for women, he said.

More information

The cardiovascular effects of dietary sugar are described by the American Heart Association.

Link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/hsn/20100309/hl_hsn/increasingsodaconsumptionfuelsriseindiabetesheartdisease

4 Re: Diet & Regular Soda's is a NO NO.... on Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:45 am


NY seeks 'fat tax' on sodas to fight rising US obesity

NEW YORK (AFP) – New York leaders are pressing for a so-called fat tax on the soft drinks industry, saying that sweet beverages are responsible for an upsurge of obesity across the United States.

State Health Commissioner Richard Daines took up the issue Monday, speaking of a "golden opportunity" to create the tax.

"The dramatic underpricing of sugar-sweetened beverages, their widespread availability, and the ceaseless marketing of these products constitute a stumbling block to good health and are a clear and present danger to the future of our children," Daines said.

He called obesity "the biggest public health challenge of this and the next few decades."

Public officials in New York and other states are echoing that call, eyeing the tax as a chance both to influence diets and to replenish tax coffers depleted by the recession.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, well known for his anti-smoking crusade in the city, also touted the idea in his weekly radio address Sunday.

"In these tough economic times, easy fixes to our problems are hard to come by," he said. "But the soda tax is a fix that just makes sense. It would save lives, it would cut rising health costs."

Nearly 20 percent of US children between the ages of six and 19 are estimated to suffer from obesity, which can encourage diabetes, heart disease and other grave problems.

Health experts blame insufficient exercise, but also the habit, particularly among the poor, of washing down fast food with extra-sugary soda.

The crisis has fed ballooning public costs -- 7.6 billion dollars in annual obesity-related medical bills in New York state alone -- much of which are covered by taxpayers.

Tax proponents say that soft drinks should be treated like tobacco so that the government can effectively price people away from their bad habits.

The soda industry dismisses the cigarettes parallel and has lobbied hard -- successfully so far -- against the levy.

J. Justin Wilson, senior research analyst at the soft drinks industry-connected Center for Consumer Freedom accused the government of using spurious health arguments to sneak in a new tax on businesses.

"If the city or state is out of money, then they should own up to it, rather than trying to hide taxes in a whole slew of new fees," he told AFP.

"They should own up to their financial mismanagement and raise income taxes."

The industry scored a rare piece of positive publicity Monday when it announced huge voluntary reductions in the amount of high-sugar drinks sold to schools across the country.

Leading companies, including Coca-cola and PepsiCo, joined former president Bill Clinton in announcing the initiative, saying that 88 percent less calories were now sold in drinks compared to 2004.

"It's a brand new day in America's schools when it comes to beverages," the head of the American Beverage Association, Susan Neely.

"Our beverage companies have slashed calories in schools as full-calorie soft drinks have been removed. The beverages available to students are now lower-calorie, nutritious, smaller-portion choices."

Wilson, at the Center for Consumer Freedom, accused the government of denying people their guilty pleasures, or, as he put it, deciding their own "balance of enjoying life and life extension."

"They're punishing people for enjoying a little life once in a while," he said.

link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100309/ts_alt_afp/ushealthobesitychildrendrinkschooltax

5 Re: Diet & Regular Soda's is a NO NO.... on Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:46 am



You’d think soda was our national beverage the way people guzzle it. Opt for the regular stuff and you’re downing lots of extra calories and sugar; in comparison, calorie-free diet soda seems like a harmless alternative. But if you need a soda fix, is it better to swig sugar or artificial sweeteners? What about the caffeine and phophorus?

Here are some things to know about diet sodas (or any diet beverage for that matter).

The Good
The bright side to a diet soda is the lack of sugar-filled calories. Switching from a standard 12-ounce can of regular soda to the diet version will save an average of 100 calories and almost seven teaspoons of added sugar per can! If you’re someone that drinks multiple sodas a day, that can lead to some serious weight loss.

The Bad
If you do opt for diet soda, don’t think you can just drink and drink because it’s calorie-free. There are four good reasons to cut back:

In place of sugar, diet beverages use artificial sweeteners — chemicals that should be consumed in moderation. There are theories that these artificial sweeteners might increase cravings for more sweet (and high-calorie) foods
Many of these drinks contain caffeine, which may curb appetite temporarily, leading to overeating later in the day. A little pick me up is fine but if your total beverage count for the day comes from coffee and caffeinated sodas, you may want to cut back. Here’s a list of the caffeine content in popular beverages.
Many of these drinks (especially colas) contain phosphorus, an important nutrient for bone formation and cell structure. The only problem is, too much can leech calcium from your bones, weakening them.
The more soda you drink, the less water you’re taking in — water is free of calories, too!
Bottom Line: If you must have them, consume diet beverages in moderation — one 12-ounce serving a day MAX! If you’re looking to cut calories, make some room for water or seltzer, which you can flavor up with fruit slices or a splash of fruit juice for extra oomph


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7 Re: Diet & Regular Soda's is a NO NO.... on Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:49 am


Health controversies in each can: Is diet soda putting pregnant women at risk?
New research findings might alter the recommendations on that sheet so that pregnant women drink even less diet soda than has been deemed safe until now.

According to a recent study of 60,000 Danish pregnant women, consuming artificially sweetened soft drinks could up the risk of premature birth. After tracking the women's diets from 25 weeks of pregnancy on, researchers reported that 5% of the women went into labor pre-term, at 37 weeks or earlier.

The break down of those women who delivered early and how much diet soda they were consuming is both fascinating and startling. If the pregnant participant drank one artificially sweetened soda a day, she was 38% more likely to give birth early than a participant who didn't drink diet cola at all during her pregnancy. Participants who drank four or more diet sodas a day were 80% more like to have a pre-term baby.

Those numbers are scary, particularly when considering that one (or four) daily can of cola can impact a the opportunity for an unborn baby to fully develop in utero. However, it should be noted that these results are considered controversial and some are saying that they call for more inquiry into how obesity factors into diet soda consumption during pregnancy and a comparison to statistics on the more general risks of delivering a premature baby.

The researchers of this study said that the sweetener, not the soda, could be to blame. They're aware that indirect evidence connects aspartame, one common artificial sweetener, to early birth in animals. Researchers didn't cite specific sweeteners and note that there could be other factors involved, saying that pregnant women should not be alarmed just yet but that further attention is warranted.

To date, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists's recommendations remain similar to what I saw on that sheet six years ago, advising pregnant women to consume artificial sweeteners in moderation.

But before any woman who is pregnant or is considering pregnancy pops open a can or four of diet soda, it may be a good idea for her to talk to her own doctor about how that drink and the chemicals in it that make it taste so sweet could impact her health or the health of her fetus. Other than the question of whether downing several diet sodas a day can increase the risk of premature birth, here are five things about zero-calorie cola to take seriously when checking in with the doc:

1. Artificial sweeteners are hard to avoid. They are listed in drink and food labels as saccharin, sucralose, acesulfame K, and aspartame. At a restaurant, coffee bar, or on a grocery store shelf, they can be found in blue, pink, and yellow packets. If you're not adding it in yourself, be aware that it could be packed into your food and drinks anyway. The makers of Splenda say that it is on the labels of more than 3,000 products worldwide, from chewing gum to jams. You can also find aspartame in breath mints, chocolate syrup, protein shakes, and yogurt. Whether you consume diet soda or not, you might be eating and drinking a lot more artificial sweetener than you realize. Be mindful of the products you put in your grocery cart and do research on the foods you might order from a menu while you're considering how much aspartame, sucralose, and other sugar substitutes you want to ingest daily.

2. The diet soda ingredient phenylalanine could be dangerous to you, but only if you have the rare disorder known as phenylketonuria. People with this condition cannot properly process the amino acid phenylalaline, which is found in foods high in protein (such as cheese) as well as in diet foods (such as soda).

3. Aspartame, an ingredient in many diet sodas, is a common trigger for migraines, according to MayoClinic.com.

4. Artificial sweeteners may irritate asthma symptoms, whereas fruits, vegetables and omega-3 fatty acid-rich foods may reduce asthma symptoms.

5. There are a lot of frightening claims and complaints about artificial sweeteners that have not been confirmed by scientific study (think rats and cancer). There is no clear evidence, despite scares we heard about as kids, that aspartame, saccharine, or other sweeteners increase cancer risk (and the National Cancer Institute lays out the facts here). While some people claim that asparatame specifically contributes to the symptoms of Alzheimer's, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and ADHD, there are not concrete findings to affirm the link. One study did connect aspartame to fibromyalgia pain. However, the FDA maintains that aspartame is not threatening to the general public. However...

6. The FDA does say that people who are sensitive to the compounds in aspartame may experience headaches and fatigue if they consume it. Rather than popping a few ibuprofen or self-determining that you're simply in need of more caffeine when you drink soda, do keep a calendar of how you feel before and after eating or drinking artificial sweeteners if you experience headaches. And do share that information with your doctor.

7. Artificial sweeteners may make you gain weight. It seems counter-intuitive to many people that a low-calorie or no-calorie sugar substitute would contribute to weight gain. However, studies have shown that animals that consumed treats containing artificial sweeteners were more likely to consume more calories and therefore add on more pounds to their body than those that ate treats made with real sugar. Basically, the studies say, you're not fooling your body or your brain with the fake stuff.


8 Re: Diet & Regular Soda's is a NO NO.... on Tue Nov 23, 2010 4:26 pm


This Happens to Your Body
10 Minutes After You Drink a Soda

No one picks up a soda seeking a sugar-rush, an energy crash and a side of depression, but that’s exactly what your body goes through with each can.

But what about diet sodas? Aren’t they harmless? Think again. Here’s a 60 minute time line of what happens in your body after you drink a can of regular or diet soda...

Within 10 minutes – 100% of your recommended daily intake of sugar enters your system.
20 minutes – Insulin goes into overdrive as your blood sugar spikes. The liver transforms all sugar that it can into fat.
40-45 minutes – Complete caffeine absorption: dilated pupils, risen blood pressure, and full alertness as adenosine receptors in the brain are blocked to prevent drowsiness. Pleasure centers in the brain are stimulated by the dopamine your body is now producing. (Physically the same way heroine works).
60 minutes – CRASH! As your body tries to resume normal function, irritability and sluggishness sets in. Also, time for a potty break! You will soon be flushing out all of the water, bonded calcium, magnesium, zinc, and electrolytes (any of the good) which came with your soda, plus more of your body's mineral reserves along with it. One more thing to look forward to: a caffeine crash in just a few hours.

This is what happens to your body every time you drink a can of soda. But what if you had a habit of drinking a can of soda every day? It does a lot more than just give you a daily sugar high. It affects more than just your pleasure-sensors. Over time, here's what you can expect:
Super-sized waistline- Diet or regular, both types of soda have been linked to obesity. Soda increases your appetite, causing cravings which lead to overeating.
Dentist bills – Expect an increase in cavities and tooth decay. The combination of sugar and acid attack tooth enamel.
Heart Disease – The American Heart Association has published a study stating that women who drink soda daily have a 40% higher risk of heart attacks or death from heart disease than those who rarely drink soda.
Bone Weakening – Displaces calcium which lowers bone density and increases the risk of fractures and osteoporosis.
Diabetes – Excessive sugar and calories lead to weight gain and increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. A Nurse’s Health Study found that women drinking one or more servings daily of sugary drinks or soft drinks were twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

One 20 oz bottle of soda contains roughly the same calories and double the sugar of a candy bar milkshake, and the same amount of sugar and calories 15 cups of buttered popcorn! Why drink calories and sugar? Stick to water and herbal teas, and save your calories for what counts. If you must have a sweet pick-me-up, enjoy a dessert made of whole foods instead.




Sugar rushes and caffeine highs followed by a depressing energy crash are what happens to your body if you drink a soda right now, but plenty of Blisstree readers actually seem to be okay with that. Some of you think it’s alarmist to compare a caffeine and sugar rush to doing drugs, and some just don’t really care about the slump they’ll find themselves in after drinking 39 grams of sugar, but what makes us really worried about a soda-slurping habit is what happens over the long term.
Here’s a quick snapshot of you, in a few years, after drinking soda on a regular basis:
You’ll Be Fatter: According to research in theNurse’s Health Study, which monitored the health of 90,000 women for eight years, drinking a single soda every day of the week added 10 pounds over a four-year period.

You’ll Probably Have Diabetes: In the Nurses’Health Study, women who said they drank one or more servings a day of a sugar-sweetened soft drink or fruit punch were twice as likely to have developed type 2 diabetes during the study than those who rarely consumed these beverages.
You’re Much More Likely to Develop Heart Disease: According to a study published in 2007 in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association, subjects who drank a soda every day over a four-year period had a 25% chance of developing high blood sugar levels and a 32% greater chance of developing lower “good”cholesterol levels. The Nurses’ Health Study found that women who drank more than two sugary beverages per day had a 40% higher risk of heart attacks or death from heart disease than women who rarely drank sugary beverages.
You’re Probably Also Less Healthy In Other Ways: Several studies, including the 2007 study published in Circulation, suggest that diet sodas have some of the same effects on health as regular sodas, despite having none or very little of the sugar. Why? Drinking soda is typically part of an overall lifestyle that’s not very healthy: We know you don’t like us to compare drinking caffeine and sugar to substance abuse, but when it comes to your lifestyle, some think that soda is just like a gateway drug.

You can reach this post's author, Briana Rognlin, via e-mail at briana@blisstree.com.</BLOCKQUOTE>


10 Re: Diet & Regular Soda's is a NO NO.... on Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:54 pm


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Here's something you didn't know about your diet soda: It might be bad for your kidneys. In an 11-year-long Harvard Medical School study of more than 3,000 women, researchers found that diet cola is associated with a two-fold increased risk for kidney decline. Kidney function started declining when women drank more than two sodas a day. Even more interesting: Since kidney decline was not associated with sugar-sweetened sodas, researchers suspect that the diet sweeteners are responsible.

According to a 2008 University of Minnesota study of almost 10,000 adults, even just one diet soda a day is linked to a 34% higher risk of metabolic syndrome, the group of symptoms including belly fat and high cholesterol that puts you at risk for heart disease. Whether that link is attributed to an ingredient in diet soda or the drinkers' eating habits is unclear. But is that one can really worth it?

You read that right: Diet soda doesn't help you lose weight after all. A University of Texas Health Science Center study found that the more diet sodas a person drank, the greater their risk of becoming overweight. Downing just two or more cans a day increased waistlines by 500%. Why? Artificial sweeteners can disrupt the body's natural ability to regulate calorie intake based on the sweetness of foods, suggested an animal study from Purdue University. That means people who consume diet foods might be more likely to overeat, because your body is being tricked into thinking it's eating sugar, and you crave more.


Diet sodas contain something many regular sodas don't: mold inhibitors. They go by the names sodium benzoate or potassium benzoate, and they're in nearly all diet sodas. But many regular sodas, such as Coke and Pepsi, don't contain this preservative.

That's bad news for diet drinkers. "These chemicals have the ability to cause severe damage to DNA in the mitochondria to the point that they totally inactivate it - they knock it out altogether," Peter Piper, a professor of molecular biology and biotechnology at the University of Sheffield in the U.K., told a British newspaper in 1999. The preservative has also been linked to hives, asthma, and other allergic conditions, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Since then, some companies have phased out sodium benzoate. Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi have replaced it with another preservative, potassium benzoate. Both sodium and potassium benzoate were classified by the Food Commission in the UK as mild irritants to the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes.

With a pH of 3.2, diet soda is very acidic. (As a point of reference, the pH of battery acid is 1. Water is 7.) The acid is what readily dissolves enamel, and just because a soda is diet doesn't make it acid-light. Adults who drink three or more sodas a day have worse dental health, says a University of Michigan analysis of dental checkup data. Soda drinkers had far greater decay, more missing teeth, and more fillings.


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