How Is Diet Soda Bad for Me?

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Now that was the truth behind the headlines let's get right to the next story all you diet soda lovers may be saving on calories but does it cause strokes? What's the truth behind this headline? Our affiliate Fox 25 in Boston reports. Hi. Dr. Owa's I'm Ted Daniel from WFXT in Boston.

I'm at Harvard university where the vice chairman of the International Stroke Conference is a professor of neurology. Startling information presented at that that conference surprisingly strong connection between diet soda and an increase risk of stroke. Research show diet soda drinkers were nearly 50% more likely to have a stroke or heart attack than none soda drinkers.

But what is the truth behind the headlines as it does out people who drink diet soda do have an increase risk of stroke researchers are still figuring out why their is a connection, is it the lifestyle of diet soda drinkers was it chemical that causing them the problem? But you know the study mentioned something else to calm my eye that has even more direct association to stroke, our salt regulations aren't strict enough, because basically when I started this study and when you're reading a state like this can I point something out? What you really want to do is pay attention to the last pair that is where the information that the truth behind the health and it's often buried there that is the US guideline just come out about sort but this study are used recommendations that came out are way too high, we need to curtail our self confidence allot more they say official the official recommendation by USDA you can have 2300 milligrams day the make a a health association doctors are getting 1500 milligrams a day.

If you have no other risk factors. Why does it matter? And we talked about salt but I want to come around you mind such you never forget a little demonstration we made top to explain why a heart surgery cure so much about that figure 1500 milligram a day Christine, come forward Christine how are you? They have told you what they are dropping for little bit.

Christine I even volunteered be careful when you volunteer for things Christine. All right any idea how much salt you are having today? None. No idea. You know what number means either do you? Probably not. Probably not. So a teaspoonful of salt is about 2300 milligrams of course we get much of it from the food we eat in processed food and the likes, so I am going to focus first of all that salt does to you and we are now making clue how we are going to do about it, so you and I are salt.

OK. this is the artery, come my side, come back with me, here back with me. There we are OK now, we add a little salt because we're moving around in here, and this is a very delicate bit of lining here. Add the arteries, now a little salt, not put a big deal if you have to move around too much because you have too much salt we begin to set up a leap up that's low a little bit and if you eat more and more salt over time over a sudden that's what happens.

Now when we start to pummel of the artery wall, you can come out now, when you start to pummel the artery wall, what is happening is you cause little tares, areas of scratching and damage that the body has to heal over. So how do you heal these back up again? You need plaster, put cholesterol in it you form plaque and that's how the heart disease cascade starts so bottom line according to the study, if you're a diet soda drinker you have 50% increase likelihood of stroke.

A lot of folks use diet soda when their way to a better diet, don't use it as cheating food don't use it, it's a crash tool to avoid sugar get that but it doesn't give you permission to eat other bad foods. Are we on the same page here? Thank you Christine, nicely done with the artery by the way.