New study reveals why diet soft drinks with artificial sweeteners could be just


If your heart goes pitter-patter for diet beverages, it may not be due to love.

Artificially sweetened beverages, a new study has found, may be just as bad for your heart as the sugar-laden kind.

Eloi Chazelas is a doctoral student and member of the nutritional epidemiology research team at the Sorbonne Paris Nord University, and the lead author on the study.

“Our study suggests artificially sweetened beverages may not be a healthy substitute for sugar drinks, and these data provide additional arguments to fuel the current debate on taxes, labeling and regulation of sugary drinks and artificially sweetened beverages,” Chazelas said.

“We already know that sugar-sweetened beverages are bad news when it comes to cardiovascular and other health outcomes,” said cardiologist Dr Andrew Freeman.

Artificially sweetened beverages, a new study has found, may be just as bad for your heart as the sugar-laden kind.
Artificially sweetened beverages, a new study has found, may be just as bad for your heart as the sugar-laden kind. Credit: Getty Images

For example, compared to women who drink sugary sodas, sports drinks and juice less than once per month, a 2019 study found women who had more than two servings a day – defined as a standard glass, bottle or can – had a 63 per cent increased risk of premature death.

Men who consumed more than two servings had a 29 per cent increase in risk.

“A lot of people said, ‘Well, maybe diet sodas and artificially sweetened beverages are better than sugar-sweetened beverages,’” Freeman said.

“But there’s been recent evidence in the last couple years that would suggest that there are possible harms, if you will, from artificially sweetened beverages, particularly in women.”

We already know that sugar-sweetened beverages are bad news when it comes to cardiovascular and other health outcomes.
We already know that sugar-sweetened beverages are bad news when it comes to cardiovascular and other health outcomes. Credit: Getty Images



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New study reveals why diet soft drinks with artificial sweeteners could be just


If your heart goes pitter-patter for diet beverages, it may not be due to love.

Artificially sweetened beverages, a new study has found, may be just as bad for your heart as the sugar-laden kind.

Eloi Chazelas is a doctoral student and member of the nutritional epidemiology research team at the Sorbonne Paris Nord University, and the lead author on the study.

“Our study suggests artificially sweetened beverages may not be a healthy substitute for sugar drinks, and these data provide additional arguments to fuel the current debate on taxes, labeling and regulation of sugary drinks and artificially sweetened beverages,” Chazelas said.

“We already know that sugar-sweetened beverages are bad news when it comes to cardiovascular and other health outcomes,” said cardiologist Dr Andrew Freeman.

Artificially sweetened beverages, a new study has found, may be just as bad for your heart as the sugar-laden kind.
Artificially sweetened beverages, a new study has found, may be just as bad for your heart as the sugar-laden kind. Credit: Getty Images

For example, compared to women who drink sugary sodas, sports drinks and juice less than once per month, a 2019 study found women who had more than two servings a day – defined as a standard glass, bottle or can – had a 63 per cent increased risk of premature death.

Men who consumed more than two servings had a 29 per cent increase in risk.

“A lot of people said, ‘Well, maybe diet sodas and artificially sweetened beverages are better than sugar-sweetened beverages,’” Freeman said.

“But there’s been recent evidence in the last couple years that would suggest that there are possible harms, if you will, from artificially sweetened beverages, particularly in women.”

We already know that sugar-sweetened beverages are bad news when it comes to cardiovascular and other health outcomes.
We already know that sugar-sweetened beverages are bad news when it comes to cardiovascular and other health outcomes. Credit: Getty Images



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