Truth-O-Meter: Diet Soda and Stroke
Don't panic if you've seen the recent media coverage over a study linking sodas and strokes. Despite some reports to the contrary, as well as the press release from The Cleveland Clinic, the findings presented in the study “Soda consumption and the risk of stroke in men and women” fail to show that soda sweetened with low-calorie sweeteners leads to strokes.
As the study's authors admit, it was observational -so it was designed to show an association, not prove cause and effect. And for all you diet soda lovers out there, you can rest easy that your beverage of choice is still a safe option to cut calories.