Diet drinks linked to heart disease

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 29, 2020

As per experts, these beverages lead to obesity, diabetes and more.

Artificially sweetened drinks - such as diet sodas, juice, or coffees - are linked to the same risks for heart health as their sugary version, according to a new study.

The study "suggested" artificially sweetened beverages may not be a healthy substitute for sugar drinks. People who use them may have an overall diet, or other lifestyle habits, that raise their risk of heart trouble. Diet drinks contained only non-nutritive sweeteners such as aspartame or sucralose and natural sweeteners such as stevia. As a result, several people replace them with artificial sweeteners and diet beverages, considering them to be healthier alternatives.

But, Tewksbury stressed, that's "just one component" of a whole diet: If people switch to zero-calorie sodas, then eat extra fries or indulge in dessert, the effort is lost.

The study was published at the American College of Cardiology, where researchers looked at data from the French NutriNet-Santé group.

For the study, the researchers included 104760 participants, who were asked to fill out three validated web-based 24-hour dietary records every six months.

"Higher intakes of sugary drinks and artificially sweetened beverages were associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases, suggesting that artificial sweeteners might not be a healthy substitute for sugary drinks", Mr Chazelas said. The study found that 1,400 participants had their first incident of heart issues during the study time period, not accounting even for the 30 years of data that the study authors cropped in favor of removing biases. And on average, the risk was 32% higher among high consumers of diet drinks, versus non-consumers.

Lead author Eloi Chazelas says the results may lead to more government regulation on both types of beverages.

So the investigators accounted for participants' self-reported eating habits, as well as exercise levels, smoking and conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes.

However, Tewksbury said it's hard to fully account for all the diet and lifestyle factors that might be behind the link.

Experts warn that diet drinks are no better than their higher-calorie counterparts.

"Epidemiological examinations, even those based on huge example sizes, are dependent upon potential entanglements including reverse causality [subjects pick low and no calorie sugars (LNCS) as a device to deal with their weight in the wake of getting overweight/obese] and leftover jumbling [inability to control for factors that impact wellbeing outcomes], as the scientists noted".

Dr. Andrew Freeman is a cardiologist at National Jewish Health, in Denver.

"We definitely realize that sugar-improved drinks are awful news with regards to cardiovascular and other wellbeing results", said cardiologist Dr. Andrew Freeman, co-seat of the American College of Cardiology sustenance and way of life work gathering, who was not associated with the investigation.

"I tell them that the ideal beverage for human consumption remains water, probably always will be", Freeman said.

Not everyone loves water, he acknowledged, and some people are attached to the sweet taste and bubbles of their favorite drink.

Alternating "with seltzer/sparkling water can help you cut back", Drayer added.

On the off chance that your heart goes sound for diet refreshments, it may not be because of adoration.

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