So you’ve decided to take control of your diet and try to live a healthier life, but just can not resist the soda. In his mind, to rationalize the decision and decide that you can keep drinking all the time you switch to diet soda instead. It is a choice that millions of people do every year, as smart marketing departments of large soft drink companies we are convinced that the change to the diet is perfectly healthy alternative.
The reality is that these claims are simply untrue! Most soft drink manufacturers use an artificial sweetener called aspartame, to replace sugar. A new study by the University of Iowa, has shown that this chemical is linked to an increased risk of heart disease.
Dangers of diet soft drink
The study, led by Dr. Ankur Vyas, was one of the most comprehensive of its kind with nearly 60,000 women who participated over nine years. Known as Health Initiative Observational Study of Women, the research found that participants who drank two or more cans of diet soda a day were 30% more likely to have a cardiovascular event (eg heart attack) and 50% more likely die of heart-related disease someone who drank none.
“This is one of the largest studies on this subject, and our findings are consistent with some previous data, especially those linking diet drinks for metabolic syndrome,” Vyas said. Given the scale of the study and the fact that about one in five people in the United States consume diet drinks on a daily basis results could be very significant for the public general health.
The 59.614 participants were divided into four groups by the research team: two or more diet drinks a day, five to seven diet drinks per week, one to four diet drinks per week, and from zero to three diet drinks per month [
After almost nine years health records of every woman analyzed and the results were that coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction, coronary revascularization, ischemic stroke, peripheral artery disease and cardiovascular death occurred in 8.5% of women who consumed two or more diet drinks a day compared with 6.9% in beverages five to seven diet group week; 6.8% in the beverages of one to four weeks per group; and 7.2% in the zero to three per month.
The results, on the surface, not seem to fit the hypothesis that aspartame was a major cause of heart disease. However, records showed that, along with the slightly higher rate of health problems related to the heart, women more than one group of two or day were, on average, significantly younger than women in the other groups, ie diet soda were causing health issues at an accelerated pace. Women in this group also had an average BMI of the highest, the highest rate of diabetes and mean arterial pressure.
Despite the scale of the study, no formal conclusion can be drawn, but the early signs are worrying. “Based on these and other findings that we have the responsibility to do more research to see what is happening and define more precisely the relationship,” said Vyas. “This could have important implications for health public.
Several more research projects have been commissioned since the publication of the University of Iowa results, in order to deduce the magnitude of the problems that aspartame can cause. However, the council, meanwhile, is to cut out soft drinks from your everyday life and even if occasionally indulge; regular soda is actually better for you than the dietary variety.
The money injected into the manufacture of diet soda appear as a healthy alternative is further evidence that many large companies are much more concerned with lining their pockets strong consumers. When it comes to the things you eat and drink, make sure you know exactly what you’re putting into your body.