Truth-O-Meter: Diet Soda and Stroke

Don’t panic if you’ve seen the recent media coverage over a study linking sodas and strokes. Despite some reports to the contrary, as well as the press release from The Cleveland Clinic, the findings presented in the study “Soda consumption and the risk of stroke in men and women” fail to show that soda sweetened with low-calorie sweeteners leads to strokes.

As the study’s authors admit, it was observational -so it was designed to show an association, not prove cause and effect. And for all you diet soda lovers out there, you can rest easy that your beverage of choice is still a safe option to cut calories.

More on the study and the CCC’s official statement here.

faq2Do you have questions about low-calorie sweeteners? Want to learn more about maintaining a healthy lifestyle? You asked and we listened. Our resident Registered Dietitians answered the most popular questions about low-calorie sweeteners.