Diet soda is often advertised as a healthier alternative to regular soda, but calorie-free beverages are now being linked to serious health issues.
Drinking two or more diet sodas a day may increase your risk of having a heart attack, stroke, and even death.
A new American Heart Association Study collected data from more than 80,000 women between the ages of 50 and 79, for several years. The study revealed that the women who drank two or more diet sodas each day were 31 percent more likely to have a stroke and 29 percent more likely to have heart disease. They were also 16 percent more likely for premature death.
It’s still hard to say how artificial sweeteners and chemicals in diet soda affect the human body.
Dr. Amir Lotfi, a Cardiologist at Baystate Medical Center, told 22News, “There’s many other ingredients in diet drinks and the key question is how do they interact with each other and impact the body and health.”
Dr. Lofti advises staying away from diet drinks with artificial sweetener and drink water flavored with fruits instead. He also said exercising, eating healthy, and avoid smoking will all lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.
It’s important to note: the study shows just an association between diet soda and health issues, not a cause and effect.