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Poison is in the dose: diet soda study flawed according to local dietitian

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Poison is in the dose: diet soda study flawed according to local dietitian

You may have heard about the connection between daily diet soda consumption and the increase of developing either stroke or dementia.

This was a study published in the American Heart Association's "Stroke" magazine.

But, according to registered dietitian Kim Larson, the alarm bells may be a bit too loud on this one.

"This study was flawed," says Larson. "There are a lot of researchers now looking at the methodology of this study and are finding out that they (the researchers) did not account for all the other confounding factors that change and have an influence on the outcome of this study. For instance, not doing a multiple comparison and accounting for people who drank the diet pop that actually were diabetic. So those are the people who already have a higher risk for stroke."

Larson adds that there are numerous studies that show that drinking one diet soda a day won't affect the health of most people.

"The bottom line is that the dose makes the poison," Larson says. "So we obviously don't want to be drinking, you know, ten diet sodas a day, because then we are getting up into the levels of artificial sweeteners that might cause harm."

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