Yesterday, a new study published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke reported that artificially sweetened drinks, such as diet sodas, were tied to a higher risk of stroke and dementia. The study sheds light only on an association and not an actual cause-and-effect relationship between consuming artificially sweetened drinks and an increased risk for stroke and dementia. The study has been covered widely in the press. The American Beverage Association (ABA) immediately pushed back, highlighting the fact that the authors of the study “acknowledge that their conclusions do not – and cannot – prove cause and effect.” ABA further notes that, “According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), many risk factors can increase an individual’s likelihood of developing stroke and dementia including age, hypertension, diabetes and genetics. NIH does not mention zero calorie sweeteners as a risk factor.” … [Read more...] about Beverage Industry Critiques Study Tying Diet Soda Consumption to Stroke and Dementia
Diet soda health risks
The research, published in a medical journal called BMJ on Wednesday, stated that a glass or 100 ml of sugary drink everyday can increase the risk of developing cancer by 18 percent. The study further stated that the impact will be even more for breast cancer. Those who include a small can of soda in their daily diet can increase the risk of developing breast cancer by 22 percent. … [Read more...] about A Glass Of Soda Or Juice Can Increase Cancer Risk, Study Finds
After a few extreme soda binges — not too far from what many gamers regularly consume — a few patients have needed medical attention for skin lesions, memory loss and nerve disorders, all symptoms of overexposure to bromine. Other studies suggest that BVO could be building up in human tissues, just like other brominated compounds such as flame retardants. In mouse studies, big doses caused reproductive and behavioral problems. … [Read more...] about Brominated Battle: Soda Chemical has Cloudy Health History
In the wake of the release of the Consumer Reports study, PepsiCo and Goya (the maker of Malta Goya) were sued in several class actions. The complaints variously allege that because these soft drinks contain more than 29 micrograms of 4-MeI, relying upon the Consumer Reports test results, under California’s Proposition 65, they must carry the statutory health-warning label and violated these (and other) laws by failing to do so. … [Read more...] about California Proposition 65 Caramel Coloring Suits
I don't think anyone claims that having a basic Nutrition Facts panel on the back of items in the grocery store is a bad idea or somehow anti-competitive. Quite the contrary: People say, "well, I like turning over the package in the grocery store because I know I can get basic information about sugar, fat and caloric intake, and I can make comparisons between different food products." Menu labeling provides that same level of basic nutrition information for consumers who want it. … [Read more...] about How many calories are in that pizza? Chain restaurants now have to tell you.