Switching from regular sodas to diet ones isn’t actually a healthy option
Many people are under the assumption that switching from regular sodas to diet ones is better for their health. However, these diet products contain aspartame, which is an artificial sweetener that studies have shown can increase the risk of heart disease.
An extensive study used over 60,000 participants and lasted for over nine years
One study in particular used close to 60,000 women and took place over the course of more than nine years! It is now referred to as the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study and the conclusions found from this extensive study were shocking. The women who drank two or more diet soda cans a day increased their chances of cardiovascular problems by 30%. They were also 50% more likely to die due to some kind of heart disease, compared to someone who drank no diet sodas.
Diet sodas speed up the development of health issues
Initially, the conclusions found didn’t match up with the hypothesis that aspartame was the main cause of heart disease. However, the increased likelihood of heart issues among women who drank two or more sodas a day were younger. Therefore, drinking diet sodas was found to accelerate the development of health issues. These women were also found to be at the highest risk to high blood pressure and diabetes.
Drinking regular sodas is healthier than the diet products
This study has lead to more research into the impacts of aspartame, but there has still been nothing conclusive enough. However, the results show, without a shadow of a doubt, that there are some worrying effects of this artificial sweetener. The best advice is to avoid diet sodas completely. If you are going to drink sodas every once in awhile, it’s actually better to stick to regular sodas.