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Diet cola linked to heart attack and stroke

Choosing between regular soda and diet is like choosing between death by firing squad and death by hanging — does it even matter?

Diet soda is just death with fewer calories, and a new study confirms it: Diet drinkers have a higher risk of heart attack, stroke, and other vascular nightmares.

Would you like fries with that?

Researchers tracked 2,564 New York City residents for at least nine years, using surveys to find out how much soda they drank.

Surveys are useless when it comes to most food studies, because they rely on guesstimates to figure out, say, how many blueberries someone eats in a year.

But most people with a soda-a-day habit know it — and researchers say the ones that ‘fessed up to a daily diet cola were 61 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke than those who didn’t drink the stuff.

Even regular cola drinkers didn’t have that kind of risk!

The researchers behind the study presented at the International Stroke Conference wouldn’t come out and say what makes diet drinks so dangerous, so let me spell it out for them:

A-S-P-A-R-T-A-M-E!

This “sweet poison” found in most diet soda has been linked to cancer, seizures, coma, memory loss, and even death — and if you really want the truth, read this.

But let me get back to the new study, because I haven’t even gotten to the most unbelievable part: The authors won’t actually warn anyone away from diet soda.

“I think diet soda drinkers need to stay tuned,” lead author Hannah Gardener told MSNBC.com. “I don’t think that anyone should be changing their behaviors based on one study.”

Really, Hannah? How many studies would it take — because you’re not the first one to “discover” the risks of diet soda.

This junk has been linked to obesity, metabolic syndrome, kidney problems, premature births, pancreatic cancer, and more.

The evidence is there — and you don’t need to “stay tuned” for the real conclusion: Skip all soda, diet or otherwise, starting now.

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