Thursday, February 10, 2011

Diet Soda causing heart attacks?? Organic food too high in price?

I heard on my local news last night that a study on drinking diet soda every day increases your risk of heart attack and strokes.  How many here drink diet you only drink diet soda?  How much do you actually drink? 

for me I drink diet Crush, diet Mt Dew and/or Diet Rootbeer, these I found are actually pretty good, do not leave a nasty after taste.  Do I drink a ton of it?  Well depends on your definition of a ton.......LOL I know I do drink at least one a day, and sometimes two........but usually no more than two.  (most of the time)  When I go out to a restaurant, I will always drink water with my meal.  I tried to do some checking around online and found that only "small" studies were done, and none on those same effects for regular soda......why?  Why are they signaling out diet soda?  Those websites and the story on my local news did not say how or what in the soda made them come to that conclusion....and how can a "small," and short study show that it increases your risk of heart attack and strokes?  From what I have heard and read, the only thing different about diet soda is that artificial sugar.  I could be wrong...but that is just what I have heard.  If that is the case then they should be going after the artificial sugar..which can now be bought in little packages, and larger bags for baking and such.........sometimes I feel this is just another way for the government to try to control us and what we eat.  Sure some people could say that the government wants us healthy and that is why these studies exist and extra fees are being put on junk food and sodas.......BUT and this is a huge BUT........if they want us to be healthy and eat better......why is "healthy" food more money??? 

Organic foods?? sure sounds like a good thing, but again from what I have read and heard, the only difference is that they don't put all the chemicals on these foods and then slap the name "organic" on it........ok......wouldn't it be cheaper then???  Are they not saving the money by NOT having to use extra chemicals???  Remember a few years back when they said Eggs had nutritional value and were actually healthy for us....I have always known this....BUT.........I remember when that came on the news everywhere, then the price of eggs went up........The government should put a stop to these people jacking up the price when someone says healthy.  I know that some need to make a profit, but how much do they think they need when they do nothing different...........but someone on tv says it is good for us and THEN they NEED to raise the price?? 

Just like when the minimum wage goes up.........then everything else goes up in price how does that pay increase help us??? 

I think the government is too busy "helping" in all the wrong places!!!  

These are just my opinions!!


Kairi said...

Hi Aurora,
I drink diet soda and drink quite a lot. I am trying to drink less but sometimes it is hard not to drink it. I don't like to drink water but I know diet drink are not good for your health and artificial sugar is bad too. It is fine if you use it sometimes but if you only use artificial sugar every day all the time it can be bad for your health. I remember my chemistry teacher once talked about it. I would rather use regular sugar instead of artificial one. I have tried to give up drinking diet pepsi and drank herbal tea without sugar instead for some time and I aqtually felt much better but unfortunately I found my way back to the drinks.

April said...

It's definitely the artificial sweetener. I was doing some research a while back when I was having bad headaches and found out that SOME artificial sweeteners, like Aspartame, can cause heart problems. Just a couple of sodas (or artificially sweetened tea, juice, etc) a day shouldn't do you any harm, especially if you are not already pre-disposed to these health issues. Those of us with high blood pressure and other heart health issues would probably do good to stay away from artificial sweeteners if only to be on the safe side.

Kari said...

I saw the Diet Soda thing on my local news too. The only thing different they said compaired to yours is that the "higher risk" could be because most of the people in this study were african-american and its been shown that they naturally have a higher risk of heart attacks and strokes.

I drink diet Dr. Pepper on occasion, but would rather drink water or Crystal Light.

Unique2wh0 said...

Hi, I heard on my news here in Denver a Doctor came on after this announcement and said, the ones that worry them or the ones who drink 4or more a day..I kinda of feel like you. They should be doing studies in other areas. Now I heard to not use a humidifier becaue if leaves white substance in lungs...Geeezz my poor adult kids. LOL I don't get it most times..;-)

Mel said...

Right on!!!

Unknown said...

Organic foods tend to cost more because it takes more effort to keep them bug and weed free without chemicals. It's not like they can just slap a seed in the ground and call it good. Currently, I drink no soda. My husband is migrating that way and the kids only get it when we go out to eat. I would like to be eating "clean" by next year.... we'll see how that goes :P

Dragonflymomof2 said...

yeah I also heard that some artificial sweeteners can cause seizures in people with Epilepsy. My mom has it and I talked to her dr and pharmacist and they both said there is no concrete evidence that it can cause seizures. Everyone is different and therefor things can effect them differently as well.

Cris, I never even thought of that with the organic foods!!! Thanks.

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