For people who want to avoid extra sugar and the calories it entails, diet soft drinks seem very appealing. In other words, this has long been thought of a way to have your cake and eat it too. But a new study suggests that diet sodas may have unexpected dangers. Investigators enrolled about 2500 New Yorkers and followed their progress for nearly a decade. People who consumed at least one diet soda daily had a 61 percent increased risk of stroke and heart attack. Experts were quick to point out that this was an epidemiological study rather than a controlled trial. Nevertheless, it would appear that diet soft drinks may not be as safe as they seem.