Many people in the world are fooled by the “zero-calories, sugar-free” labels on diet sodas, thinking they are the better option. But, what they don’t know is that those “healthy” sodas are filled with tons of chemicals and artificial sweeteners that can cause even more damage to the body than regular sodas.
How is that so? Well, the main ingredient in those drinks is “aspartame”, an artificial sweetener that is linked to weight gain as well as many other health conditions. This video gives a perfect explanation of what aspartame is and how it affects our health.
The University of Iowa analyzed the connection between diet drink intake and cardiovascular health in almost 60.000 women and they concluded the following:
- women who consume two or more diet drinks a day are 30% more likely to develop a heart disease and 50% more likely to die from one, compared to women who never or rarely consume these kind of drinks
- women who consumed two or more diet drinks a day were younger, more likely to be smokers, and had a higher prevalence of diabetes, high blood pressure, and higher BMI.
The researchers adjusted the data to account for demographic characteristics and other cardiovascular risk factors, including smoking, body mass index, high cholesterol, energy intake, hormone therapy use, physical activity, diabetes, hypertension, salt intake and sugar-sweetened beverage intake.
This was one of the largest studies ever conducted on this topic.
The good news is that many people became aware of the threat that diet sodas pose on their health. People started to switch artificial sweeteners for natural ones. The diet soda market is starting to shrink, as the companies that produce these kind of beverages continue to report losses from sale.