Sugar is not healthy and we all know that. But, do you know that those diet drinks you use as a substitute for sugar-sweetened drinks are dangerous as well?
“In what way?”- you would ask. Artificially sweetened drinks increase the risk of stroke and dementia. In other words, they affect your health by causing a damage to your brain.
Let us look closely at what a study published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke says about this.
Researchers wanted to know whether sugar or artificially sweetened drinks are linked with the risk of stroke and dementia. Therefore, they studied 2,888 participants older than 45 and 1,484 adults older than 60. In the first group, participants were measured for stroke. In the second one-for dementia.
Then, they made a comparison between people who never drank artificially sweetened drinks and those who drank one a day.
What did they find?
Those who drank artificially sweetened drinks were diagnosed with dementia. Also, they were almost three times as likely to have a stroke.
On the other hand, sugar-sweetened drinks were not linked to stroke and dementia.
The lead author of the study, Matthew P. Pase stated: “So, it was not surprising to see that diet soda intake was associated with stroke and dementia. I was surprised that sugary beverage intake was not associated with either the risks of stroke or dementia because sugary beverages are known to be unhealthy.”
Pretty much a shocking fact, isn’t it?
Boston University researchers also investigated the impact of regular soda on the brain.
They found that drinking any soda causes brain damages such as memory loss and smaller brain volume, factors that lead to the most common form of dementia-Alzheimer’s.
Moreover, not only diet soda is linked to stroke and dementia, some researchers link artificially sweetened drinks with type 2 diabetes, depression, liver damage, osteoporosis, tooth decay, obesity.
What to drink when you’re craving soda?
-Sparkling water with fruit;
-A glass of red wine…
Do you think this might be a good enough reason for you to avoid soda at all costs?
We’ll be expecting your thoughts.