To all my friends out there who live on Diet Coke, I apologize in advance.
I couldn’t help but notice the beverages people were drinking in our OR lounge recently. There were a lot of coffee drinkers, an occasional tea drinker, and a rare water drinker, but the majority of people were drinking soft drinks. In particular, they were drinking Diet Coke. It made me curious… so I decided to do a little research.
When you do a PubMed search on diet drinks, you get 1372 articles. I’m not pretending that I could do a real scientific review, and I’m sure there are flaws in some of these studies… but it’s enough to make you think twice about drinking diet drinks.
Here’s some of what I discovered ….
- High soft drink ingestion and a low intake of fruits and vegetables are associated with the metabolic syndrome.
Great review! It also begs the question of those scary “energy drinks”, so I did a little research and unearthed this great [url=”http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/?p=9541″]evidence-based blog post[/url] which concluded “when that liquid candy stops appealing to you, I’ve got some shade-grown, bird-friendly, passive-organic, fair-trade, home-roasted coffee for you to try.”
Great post! I’m somewhat famous among my patients (and colleagues) for shaming them into giving up that junk!