Many Americans drinking diet soda think that they are opting for the healthier option. A recent Albert Einstein College of Medicine study links artificially sweetened drinks with a considerably greater risk of heart attack and stroke. The study involved over 82,000 records of women aged 50-79. The group that was drinking two or more diet sodas per day had a 23% higher risk of stroke and 29% higher likelihood of suffering from heart disease. This study shows an association and does not prove anything of course, but there is a growing body of knowledge that excess sugars as well as overuse of synthetic sugars can lead to healthcare issues.
Yasmin Mossavar-Rahmani, Ph. D