'Choosing “diet” beverages might help you keep your calorie counts down, but your health problems will start to add up pretty significantly if you drink them on a regular basis.
A recent study looked into the effects that consuming diet drinks – which are any beverages that have been sweetened with artificial sugar substitutes – can have on your health, and their findings are quite alarming. After following tens of thousands of post-menopausal women over more than a decade, they found a link between a higher consumption of diet drinks and an elevated risk of heart disease, stroke and death.
The study involved a racially diverse group of more than 80,000 women who had enrolled in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study. All were aged 50 to 79 at the beginning of their enrollment, and they were regularly evaluated for 11.9 years on average. The questions included how often they drank diet beverages such as diet soda, low-calorie colas, and fruit drinks that were sweetened using sugar substitutes, although they were not asked to specify which substitutes they had consumed. The researchers then adjusted for other factors that could have influenced their risk of stroke, such as high blood pressure, smoking and age.
Drinking two diet drinks or more per day was associated with a 31 percent higher risk of stroke resulting from a clot and a 23 percent higher risk of stroke overall, compared to those who consumed less than one diet drink per week. The risk of heart disease and heart attack was 29 percent higher, while the risk of death from any cause was 16 percent higher. That alone should be enough to have you emptying your fridge of these toxic beverages.'
Read more: From bad to worse: Diet drinks will wreck your health, and the damage they do gets worse as you get older
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