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Tag: Blue Sky soda

Diet Soda Increases Stroke Risk

A recent study out of the University of Miami that tracked 2500 patients for a decade announced this week that drinking one can of diet soda daily resulted in a 61% increased risk of stroke, heart attack, or other cardiovascular event.

While there is a lot of debate in the medical community over whether the study provided an accurate survey of all races and all health habits to arrive at this conlulsion, I’m finding it most interesting to hear all of the defenders of diet soda dismiss the report and continue to hail the low-calorie benefits of diet sodas while ignoring the elephant in the room: artificial sweeteners.

Most diet sodas contain aspartame, also known as Equal, a synthetic sweetener created in a laboratory. Aspartame does not occur in nature and has been suspected in causing a host of neurologic and other physical issues, including possible links to diseases like multiple sclerosis.

“The study highlights the increasingly negative information we are getting about the consumption of non-caloric sweetened beverages,”  Dr. Jana Klauer, a New York City-based private practice physician specializing in weight control and nutrition, said to ABC news. “People drink them to save calories and enjoy a sweet taste, but diet soda hasn’t led to weight loss and now appears to be causing more problems than it solves.”

So what’s a soda lover to do?

You don’t want to drink regular sodas every day as they can contain 5 – 20 teaspoons of sugar (often in the form of high fructose corn syrup) per can, depending on the size of the can and the brand. Drinking sugary drinks regularly can cause your pancreas to work overtime creating enough insulin to handle the overload and was connected with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes in a 2010 Harvard study.

Here are some suggestions for carbonated soda substitutes that are better choices.

diet soda alternativeIzze Sparkling Juices are made with sparkling water and real fruit juices. Delicious, and you get up to two servings of fruit with every bottle!

Blue Sky natural sodas are made with all natural ingredients and never contain high fructose corn syrup.

Flavored carbonated waters may be a good choice, but be sure to read the label closely because many contain a chemical sweetener like detrose, sucralose, aspartame, saccharin, or high fructose corn syrup.

make your own carbonated water
Make your own carbonated sodas!

Make your own soda! If your family has the soda habit, consider investing once in something like this carbonated water maker kit that comes with the machine and several reusable bottles. Add your own fruit nectars or juices and not only will you save money and plastic bottles from the landfills, but you will have unlimited carbonated beverages made with satisfying and wholesome flavors and without any undesirable additives or side effects.

Blue Sky Natural Soda Pop

I’m not a regular soda pop drinker by any means. In fact, in January when Dr. Oz suggested on Oprah that a simple way for people to start losing weight was to stop drinking soda pop, I scoffed. Do people really drink that much soda pop that simply cutting it out could cause weight loss?

Apparently so. We Americans love our soda pop.

Two weeks later, callers left testimonials for Oprah. “I’ve already lost 14 lbs.!” one caller reported excitedly. Others had similar stories.

I started to pay more attention to the soda drinkers around me and realized that some people start drinking soda pop first thing in the morning, instead of or right after coffee, and continue all day long. I counted more than three people I know who nurture a 6-pack-of-Diet Coke-a-day habit. I watched a 20/20 special on Appalacian Mouth, the high incidence of rotting teeth in Applacia due to high consumption of Mountain Dew.


Don’t get me wrong: I enjoy a good soda pop now and then myself. But there’s a lot of stuff in mainstream soda pop I don’t enjoy: high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and flavors, and caffeine, not to mention other synthetic sweeteners like Aspertame in the diet or low-cal versions.

So I was excited to see Blue Sky soda
on sale recently at our local Vitamin Cottage natural grocery store. When I lived in Santa Fe in the early 90s, Blue Sky was the little local company; now you may find Blue Sky sodas almost anywhere that carries natural products.