Here’s the nutrition facts on artificial sweeteners and stroke risk


Most processed foods today have added sugars.  With up to 70% of all processed and packaged foods on the market today being infused with more sugar, it is indeed difficult to avoid the white stuff. So what about the substitutes, the low to no cal sweeteners that promise you they are better for your health.  Are they any better?  What about if you’ve already had a stroke or have heart disease?  It makes sense why drinking all that sugar might increase stroke and heart disease risk, with the extra inflammation and triglycerides but is switching to these non caloric sweetners a better choice?

A study on diet soda

No problem,” I’ve switched to diet soda”.  I hear this all the time when I speak with a client that has “made the switch”. But by choosing diet soda, can we get the sweet taste we crave, without the downsides? Unfortunately, routine consumption of diet soft drinks is associated with increases in the same risks that many seek to avoid by using artificial sweeteners.  Watch this nutritionfacts.org video below!

The video reviews the increased risk of cardiovascular disease associated with regular soda, and  the cardiovascular risks associated with diet soda.  Key finding: the belief that “making the switch”  to diet soda will reduce long-term health risks ” is not well supported by scientific evidence, and instead…may contribute to the very health risks people were seeking to avoid” in the first place.

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Your gut, your diet and now more interesting research on your stroke recovery rate


0313_feat_1_ObesityWebWe’ve been hearing more and more science about the importance of a healthy gut microbiome as it relates to diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.  Now there’s some new  research that is beginning to show a connection between your gut health and stroke recovery. As reported by  Jordana Cepelewicz on March 30, 2016 in Scientific American, a new study in mice demonstrates that manipulating the microbiome can influence the extent of brain damage caused by a stroke.  This is certainly very early research as the article makes clear, and much more work is required to explore the brain-gut connection further.  It is fascinating however, how powerful the role of diet could be if only explored further.  As quoted here from the article

‘by changing the bacterial landscape of the gut, “immune cells end up helping out instead of contributing to the damage that occurs (after a stroke).”

Read Jordana’s full article here in the Neurological Health section of Scientific American

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