A few years back I use to do something I was very ashamed of. Yes, I admit it. I am a guy that use to order a diet coke with the super-sized value meal at the McDonalds drive-thru. I would feel weird when the voice over loudspeaker would make sure I wanted a diet coke with my super-sized meal. I would sheepishly say yes, trying not to feel too ashamed about the food choices I had just made. A couple of years ago I decided to stop drinking diet sodas, and I am glad I did.
A study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine observed the effects of drinking both diet and regular soda on cardiovascular health. According to the study drinking, diet soda would increase the chance of suffering a heart attack and strokes significantly. 2,500 people participated in a study in New York City. The study revealed no adverse effects of drinking regular or diet sodas occasionally or less than six soda servings a week. The study also said that those that drank diet sodas daily increased their chances of heart attacks by 43%. More research is still needed on this subject though.
In case you were wondering, I no longer order fast food meals. I try ordering unsweetened ice tea or just bottled water with whatever meal I have now.
Dr. Shah, M.D.