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Drinking just two diet drinks a day could kill you!

by , 04 April 2014

It's estimated that one in five South Africans drinks at least one diet drink a day. This includes ‘healthy' no-calorie sports and fruit drinks - the ones people think are safer than fizzy drinks.

Now research says people who regularly have two or more diet drinks a day could be up to 50% more likely to die from heart disease.

That's a frightening statistic. But there's more. Another study says the risk is higher among women.

Here's what the studies say.

Warning: Women are at a higher risk of heart disease
According to new research from the University of Iowa, women are 50% more likely to die from any form of heart disease. But there’s more bad news. This study also found that soft drinks raise heart disease risk by 30% in post-menopausal women.
In the largest study of its kind, researchers studied almost 60,000 women between the age of 50 and 79 over 10 years. At the end, researchers found that women who drank two or more diet drinks a day face this risk
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Replace your soft drinks with natural alternatives to stay healthy
The artificial sweeteners in diet drinks raise your risk for metabolic syndrome. This includes high blood pressure, which puts you at risk for heart disease.
Soft drinks also lead to 14% more body fat gain - even when eating fewer calories. In fact, people who drink soft drinks are 200% more at risk for obesity. It’s one of the biggest factors in developing heart disease. But it can also cause total heart failure.
The regular versions of these drinks aren’t any safer. Their high sugar content also puts your heart in danger by raising inflammation.
In the end, it’s best to skip these processed drinks – diet or regular. Instead, drink water. To add some flavour to the water, add a twist of fresh lemon, or some cucumber slices.
For even bigger healthier benefits, drink antioxidant-rich teas. A cup of hibiscus tea before breakfast lowers blood pressure. The antioxidants in this tea can help you slash heart disease risk by 60%.

So, there you have it. When next you reach for a soft drink – even if it’s supposed to be “healthy” - think about what it’s doing to your heart.

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