Excess sugar intake is a problem in the world community because it contributes to obesity, diabetes, and many other health problems. One of the biggest sources of sugar is different kind of sodas that people consume. Having that in mind many people are trying to find the low-calorie alternatives to sugary drinks, deciding to take diet sodas. However, yet a small but growing body of evidence suggests that diet sodas may have health downsides and do not even provide the wanted benefits, such as weight loss. The sweetener (aspartame) that is used in the diet soda is one of the most harmful and dangerous sweeteners, which according to many scientists, can easily cause seizures and other issues and complications as well.
However, because of the lack of evidence, this topic deserves closer inspection, given the widespread popularity of these drinks, why are conducted many studies around the world.
The several latest studies found that women who are consuming 2 or more diet sodas have increased the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, increasing the rate of death because of this disease. The Largest Study was conducted in the University of Iowa, which showed that the group which consumed soda drinks had 30% increased the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, and 50% of them died from it.
Dr. Ankur Vyas, one of the leaders of this study linked the soda drinks to the metabolic syndrome, too.
The experts of this study have adjusted the data of this particular disease to other factors that cause it, such as demographic characteristics, salt intake, diabetes, body mass index, smoking, hypertension, physical activity, energy intake, hormone therapy use, high cholesterol, sugar-sweetened beverage consumption, etc.
Actually, the study confirmed that the women who consume 2 diet drinks or more are having higher risks of having those health problems too.
The awareness for this problem was announced by many public services, including Time Magazine, Reuters and others, which had negative effects on the beverage industry. These diet drinks were suffering a loss of sales because people started to concern about the artificial sweeteners that were used in these drinks. So, the effects of this study and many similar to it were seen, but the results showed the importance to raise awareness of the harmfulness of the artificial awareness, which normally can be replaced with new natural sweeteners. The natural sweeteners are a lot healthier than the aspartame that is used in these diet drinks.
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What to do?
The best bet is to avoid regular and diet sodas altogether, according to the Orly Avitzur, M.D., Consumer Reports’ medical director. He also emphasized that besides those little nutritional benefits that they offer, they can cause headaches or make you overeat.