We all know the dangers of cola, soda and other sugary drinks. According to experts, these beverages can cause obesity, diabetes, etc. In addition, they are known to have a negative impact on heart health. As a result, some people have replaced them with artificial sweeteners and diet drinks, believing that they are healthier alternatives. But you know that these artificially sweetened drinks may not be as healthy as they seem! A recent study has linked these beverages to heart-related risks. The research letter has been published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
In this study, the researchers included 104,760 participants who were asked to fill in three verified web-based 24-hour diet records every six months. According to research reports, artificially sweetened beverages are defined as beverages containing non-nutritive sweeteners, while sugar-sweetened beverages include all beverages with a sugar content of 5% or more. For each beverage category, participants are divided into non-consumers, low consumers and high consumers.
It has been found that consumers of sugar-sweetened beverages and artificially sweetened beverages have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease than non-consumers.
PhD student Eloi Chazelas said: “Our research shows that artificially sweetened beverages may not be healthy alternatives to sugary beverages. These data provide more evidence and contribute to the current taxation, sugary beverages and artificially sweetened beverages. Debate on labels, labels and regulations.” The lead author of the study and a member of the Nutrition Epidemiology Research Group (Sorbonne Paris Nord University, Inserm, Inrae, Cnam).
However, further research is needed to understand its broad implications.