Diet soft drink is a healthier choice, right? Maybe not, says this new study out of France.
When you have a cheeky chicken nugget meal from Macca’s, a Diet Coke always makes you feel a little *less* naughty right? Well, we have some bad news for you.
Examining the diet habits of more than 104,000 over a decade, researchers revealed, to almost no one’s surprise, that those who regularly consumed sugary drinks had a higher risk of cardiovascular disease.
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But according to results published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, those in the study who consumed artificially sweetened beverages were 20 percent more likely to suffer heart disease, stroke, or heart attacks than those avoiding sweetened drinks altogether.
The artificial sweeteners include stevia, aspartame, and sucralose.
A similar study in 2009 revealed the daily consumption of diet drinks actually presented a 67 percent greater risk of type 2 diabetes and 36 percent greater risk for metabolic syndrome, the exact diseases artificial sweeteners were supposed to prevent.
What matters, said Harvard Medical School obesity and weight loss specialist Dr. David Ludwig at the time, is that sugar is not necessarily intrinsically bad, but it matters how it’s delivered to the body.
“Sugar-containing foods in their natural form, whole fruit, for example, tend to be highly nutritious—nutrient-dense, high in fiber, and low in glycemic load,” he said.
“On the other hand, refined, concentrated sugar consumed in large amounts rapidly increases blood glucose and insulin levels, increases triglycerides, inflammatory mediators and oxygen radicals, and with them, the risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other chronic illnesses.”