This popular drink could ruin your brain
It's a choice millions make every day... sometimes several times a day... and they do it so subconsciously, it's not even a choice anymore.
They reach for a diet soda.
They've stopped thinking about it because most assume they don't have to -- zero calories must mean zero risk and zero guilt.
But new research reveals there's ZERO truth to that -- because "diet" drinks could do to your brain what the sugary ones will do to your teeth.
They can rot it right out of your head!
Just one diet soda per day can increase your risk of dementia... Alzheimer's disease... and even stroke.
It's not a small bump in the odds either.
That one soda per day will TRIPLE your risk of ischemic stroke, the most common form of stroke and one of the nation's leading causes of death and disability.
The numbers are nearly as bad for dementia.
A single diet soft drink per day will increase your risk of Alzheimer's by 289 percent.
That's compared to folks who drink diet soda once a week or less. But let's face it: Even once a week is 52 times per year too often.
If you were to compare a daily drinker to someone who NEVER has a diet cola, the risk of stroke and Alzheimer's could be even higher.
And that may not even be the worst of the risks.
Other studies show diet sodas don't deliver on the promise built right into the name. They won't help you to "diet," and they might even help CAUSE weight gain and diabetes.
While diet sodas contain no sugar or calories, they contain a science lab's worth of chemicals including dangerous no-cal sweeteners and preservatives. One chemical in colas, phosphoric acid, has been linked to bone loss, while "caramel color" has been linked to cancer.
Regular sugary soda and other soft drinks, of course, are even worse. A second new study finds that folks with high fructose intake -- mostly people who drink this toxic sugar-water -- have signs of the BRAIN DAMAGE linked to dementia.
They have smaller brain volume, especially in the hippocampus, which is one of the most important parts of the brain for learning and memory.
As a result, the study finds folks with high fructose intake are more likely to flunk memory tests.
So, pass on soda in all its forms.
If you want a refreshing spring drink, try infusing water or seltzer with fruit or switching to iced tea.