Diet drinks are not safe at all

Diet drinks are not safe at all
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Diet drinks are not safe at all.

Both sweet and artificially sweetened beverages are associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, suggesting that they are not healthier alternatives to sugar as is commonly believed. This establishes a study by Arecent.

Conducted with 104,760 participants, the study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, shows that diets, including drinks with artificial sweeteners, can have a negative impact on cardio-metabolic health. Divided according to frequency and levels of consumption, participants consumed sweet drinks containing 5% or more sugar, or artificially sweetened drinks with sweeteners.

Participants were asked to complete three 24-hour dietary records every six months, and 1,379 of them reported their first cases of cardiovascular disease, the study found. Compared to non-consumers, frequent users of such drinks were at higher risk of stroke, acute coronary syndrome and heart attacks.

"Our study shows that artificially sweetened beverages are by no means a healthy substitute for sugary beverages," said Eloi Chazelas, lead author of the study and a member of the food epidemiology research team.

"These data provide additional arguments to the current debate on taxes, labeling and regulation of the sale and consumption of sugary and artificially sweetened beverages," Chazelas added.

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