As you surely know by now, diet sodas are not as healthy as advertised. As a matter of fact, they might be among the unhealthiest drinks you can have. The sugar alternative these drinks contain is called aspartame, an artificial sweetener that is seriously dangerous for our health. Aspartame has been linked to cardiovascular disease and diabetes in many scientific studies, making diet sodas far deadlier than we previously thought.
One of the biggest studies done on diet sodas was done at the University of Iowa. The study examined the effects of diet soda on 2 groups of women. The first group drank 2 or more cans per day, while the other had none. The results were expected – the first group had a 30% higher risk of cardiovascular disease and they were also 50% more likely to die prematurely than the second group.
The results came after Dr. Ankur Vyas and his colleagues adjusted data to account for demographics and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease including high mass body index, high sodium intake, high blood pressure, smoking, physical activity levels, etc. The study also showed that the first group of women is also at an increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and higher body mass index. These women also tend to smoke more cigarettes as well, which is a massive problem on its own.
A recent Time magazine article wrote about the growing obesity epidemic and the constant pressure on the soda industry. Soda companies are under scrutiny right now and it’s affecting their sales. People are very aware of the dangers artificial sweeteners bring, and this study has only worsened their fears. It’s even worse when we know they can be replaced with natural sweeteners such as stevia, yet the companies refuse to do so. It’s like they’re trying to spread the obesity epidemic and put our health at risk. But, people are waking up and their awareness can no longer be underestimated.
With sales further declining, we hope that companies will finally switch to natural sweeteners or go down with their stubborn decisions. In the meantime, as more and more people become aware of the dangers of artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, they will join the fight and refuse to drink diet soda, reducing the risk of countless diseases.