So you are thirsty and the next thing you do is open a can of soda or diet soda because you believe it contains low-sugar, but you don’t do this once a day, rather you open a can every morning for breakfast, afternoon for lunch and evening for dinner making three diet soda cans daily.
If this describes you, then you really need to stop as that diet soda you are drinking will raise your risk of a heart attack and stroke.
Scientists from the University of Iowa came up with the findings of their research which spanned a period of 10 years and revealed that aspartame an artificial sweetener that is predominant in diet soda is dangerous to your health.
The lead scientists in the study – Dr. Ankur Vyas organised a research team to monitor almost 60,000 women that were involved in the study and we’re broken down into four groups.
- The study comprised of 59,614 women.
- The study involved the women being grouped into four groups.
- The first group were to consume 2 or more diet sodas everyday.
- The second group consumed 5 or 7 diet sodas every seven days.
- The third group consumed 1 to 4 diet sodas in seven days.
- The fourth group consume a maximum of 3 diet sodas every four weeks.
- An analysis of the health of the women was done after 9 years and the results are as follows:
- There was a rise in the number of cases of congestive heart failure, peripheral arterial disease, heart attack, coronary ischemic stroke, revascularization procedure and deaths from these heart-related conditions, the scientists discovered that…
- this was so in more than 8.5% of the women in group one.
- for women in group two they recorded 6.9%.
- in group three 6.8% was observed.
- it was 7.2% of the women in group four.
It was observed that a group that consumed 2 or more diet sodas daily had their risk of a heart attack rise by 30%.
This group also had their risk of death from a heart-related condition increase by 50%.
It is estimated that at least 1 in every 5 people in America consume diet soda daily. On the backdrop of this fact, it makes the findings of the research all the more disturbing.
The women in the first group were younger than the women in the other groups and had a high body mass index (BMI) and diabetes. So the high percentage of women in group one that had heart-related problems when compared with other groups made scientists to believe that the aspartame may be a major reason behind this high prevalence.
There is still ongoing research into how aspartame is directly responsible for the rise in heart-related conditions in people.
The general consensus however is that drinking diet soda that contains this artificial sweetener in a daily basis is not good for your health and should be avoided as much as possible.
Source: The Hearty Soul