For your next mid-morning pick-me-up, reach for the coffee pot instead of that soda sitting in your refrigerator. And even if you prefer the decaffeinated stuff, recent studies still show coffee to be a healthier option than sugar-sweetened soft drinks. Researchers from Cleveland Clinic and Harvard University have found that greater consumption of sugar-sweetened as well as low-calorie sodas is associated with a higher risk of stroke. The study was published in a recent issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. What were beginning to understand is that regular intake of these beverages sets off a chain reaction in the body that can potentially lead to many diseases-including stroke, says Adam Bernstein, MD, author of a recent study on soda and stroke risk, and Research Director at Cleveland Clinics Wellness Institute.