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Study links diet cold drinks to an increased risk of heart disease

by , 04 July 2013

“The idea of a healthy soft drink may sound like an oxymoron. But to soda manufacturers, it's the hottest trend in the better-for-you category of food and beverages,” says WebMD. But can diet cold drinks really be healthy?

If you’re one of those people who like a diet cold drink on the side to go along with your meals, you may want to reconsider.

A recent study has found that people who drink diet cold drinks regularly could find a heart attack or stroke at the bottom of their next bottle or can.

Revealed: The link between diet cold drinks and heart disease

According to the study presented at the International Stroke Conference, researchers tracked 2,564 people for at least nine years, giving them regular surveys to check on their eating and drinking habits and regular exams.

After adjusting for risk factors found in those exams and lifestyle factors such as smoking, they found that people who indulge in a diet drink every day were 61% more likely to suffer from vascular events such as heart attack and stroke than those who didn't drink diet cold drinks.

And here’s the part that might surprise you most: Even people who drank regular sugary fizzy drinks didn’t have that high a risk.

“The natural implication here is that there’s a specific ingredient only in diet drinks that’s causing all those extra heart attacks and strokes,” Health Bytes.

The answer is in the artificial sweeteners, the chemical replacements for sugar that are actually worse than the real thing, even if they don’t carry the calories.

Is Aspartame to blame for this scary statistic?

Aspartame, the sweetener used in most diet drinks has been linked to headaches, insomnia, mood problems, stomach disorders, nerve damage, chest pain, asthma, seizures and tremors.

While researchers say they still want to conduct more studies on this, there’s no reason why you must wait for more studies because all the evidence points in the same direction: Junk food like diet cold drinks is dangerous.

Even the most basic promise of diet cold drinks isn’t true because studies have found that it doesn’t really help people lose weight or keep it off, instead it may even increase the odds of metabolic syndrome.

Bottom Line: “Nobody needs any size serving of soda. There’s simply no place in any diet for a beverage that offers plenty of calories but zero nutritional value,” warns Dr Jonathan Wright of Nutrition & Healing.

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