A new study provides some evidence that drinking soda is bad for your brain. The study, which was published in the journals Alzheimer’s & Dementia and Stroke, found that people who regularly drank soda had smaller overall brain volume, impaired memory, and a decreased hippocampus (the area of the brain responsible for learning and memory). Those who drank diet soda daily were nearly three times as likely to suffer a stroke or have dementia later in life.
“These studies are not the be-all and end-all, but it’s strong data and a very strong suggestion,” said Dr. Sudha Seshadri, a professor of neurology at Boston University School of Medicine (MED) and a faculty member at BU’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center, who is senior author on both papers.
Dr. Seshari recommends people swap out sodas for water.
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