We don’t discriminate if it is regular or diet, if it is soda then just don’t drink it.
One of the biggest dilemmas is determining what is worst: drinking the chemicals in the diet sodas, or the sugar in the regular soda.
One of the key answer to solve this dilemma is: both, and the both are actually damaging your brain.
Study no. 1
The first study conducted by researchers from Boston University is based on data from Framingham Heart Study, the longest running epidemiological study in United States, dating back to 1948. The data from this study is helping researcher in making key discoveries, and around 1.000 academic papers are based on this study.
It’s called Framingham heart study because it started with 5209 people living in the town of Framingham, and then continued to the next generations.
According to the team from the University, one of the first step was identifying which of the participants drank “more than two sugary drinks a day – fruit juice, soda, or other soft drinks – or more than tri sodas per week”.
Beside the expected duo of higher BMI and difficulties with weight loss, the study discovered other correlations that were shocking for them, because they for found in completely different part of the body – the brain. Among them:
– Multiple signs of accelerated brain aging
– Smaller overall brain volume
– Poorer episodic memory
– Shrunken hippocampus
According to the results published in the Alzheimer’s & Dementia journal, all four of this are “risk factors for early-stage Alzheimer’s disease”.
Study no. 2
Then came the second study and it is about diet drinks. This is one more study from Boston University but this one is published in journal Stroke, and it showed that:
“People that drank one diet soda per day were ‘almost three times as likely to develop stroke and dementia’.”
One of the key points is that the researchers are talking about correlation, not necessarily cause and effect. Also, a key point is that they are talking about the possibility of damaging your brain.
So, what to drink? The recommendation is always water, tap or bottled, and it has to be normal water, no flavors or sweetness added. Also on the menu you have coffee and tea, or a little bit of red wine or beer.