But for Theresa Rowley of Grand Rapids, Michigan, who turned 104 on Jan. 1, it may be all about guzzling a popular fizzy drink. WZZM says Rowley credits her long life to drinking at least one can of Diet Coke every single day.
Rowley was born in Illinois in 1914, 68 years before Diet Coke debuted, meaning she hasn’t been enjoying it her whole life — but it has been a daily mainstay over the last few decades.
Like millions of Americans, Rowley may enjoy the taste and energy Diet Coke provides, but many nutritionists have warned against consuming diet sodas in excess. Studies have linked the drink with an increased risk of stroke and dementia, and others have suggested it doesn’t even help us lose weight. Even flight attendants prefer we don’t drink it while we’re in the air!
“Don’t get me started on this! Another headline that acts like a magnet when the story below is a weak attraction!” Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, creator of BetterThanDieting.com and author of “Read It Before You Eat It – Taking You From Label to Table,” told TODAY Food.
Despite its naysayers, Diet Coke is not without famous fans: President Trump reportedly drinks 12 cans each day.
“Before you run out and stock up on Diet Cokes — here’s something to think about: One of something every day, especially when it’s something that has zero calories, is most likely not going to influence your longevity one way or another,” said Taub-Dix. “Diet Coke has no value, except for providing some hydration … but otherwise adds nothing to your state of health.”