In the News: Diet Soda May Heighten Risk for Stroke

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/737132?sssdmh=dm1.665136&src=nldne

This has been all over the news this week but it is something we’ve known for a long time. None of the reports pinpoint any explanation which I don’t understand. There have been many books, articles, and research done on this topic.

For starters…

-Aspartame breaks down into methanol (wood alcohol) which is then broken down into formic acid (the toxin in ant bites) and finally into formaldehyde which is a known carcinogen (and what dead bodies are embalmed in).

Each diet soda with aspartame produces about 20 mg of methanol. The methanol breaks down further into 6 mg of formaldehyde which is three times the daily EPA limit.

-Aspartame is a known excitotoxin – meaning it excites brain cells to death!

-It is 0 calories because your body doesn’t know what to do with it.  A calorie is measured as the amount of energy needed to increase the temperature of 1 kilogram of water by 1 °C.  In other words, it is the amount of energy needed to metabolize the food item.  Since your body cannot recognize artificial sweeteners, it is, by default 0 calorie.  0 calorie does not mean healthy!

I think artificial sweeteners are linked to more than just strokes.  PLEASE pass on the diet sodas and the regular sodas!  Stick with water – you can flavor it with lemon juice and stevia for a healthy lemonade.  The health risks of sodas are just not worth the good taste.  There is absolutely no reason to drink them except for selfish reasons like – it tastes good, I feel like it, I can’t give them up, I don’t like water, etc, etc, etc.  Just remember- cancer, heart disease, stroke, and any other disease really don’t care about your reasons or excuses.   If you won’t do it for yourself, do it for the people who love and care about you.

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