Here’s bad news for all of us diet soda drinkers. Diet soda may not be the healthier alternative many had hoped. A new study suggests that the popular drinks may increase the risk for stroke, myocardial infarction, and vascular death.

“People who had diet soda every day experienced a 61% higher risk of vascular events than those who reported drinking no soda,” lead investigator Hannah Gardener, ScD, an epidemiologist from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Florida.


As reported by Medscape Medical News, previous studies have suggested a link between diet soda consumption and the risk for metabolic syndrome and diabetes. But this is the first time diet drinks have been associated with vascular events.

Besides the new bad report about vascular disease, diet sodas contain artificial sweetners, raise your blood insulin, and are addicting. If you can just change one thing about your diet, eliminate all sodas…you’ll be better off for it. There are healthier alternatives out there if you can just break the habit.  Try lemon water, iced tea, or make your own flavored soda water using Stevia.   See our other articles on healthy drinks below in “related articles”.