The women who consumed two or more diet sodas a day tended to be younger than the average age of the women involved in the study. They also were more likely to smoke than average and had a higher body mass index. In addition to this, the women were more likely to suffer from health complaints such as diabetes and high blood pressure. However, the researchers claimed that even when they adjusted the data to account for these demographic characteristics that they still found that there was a significant correlation between the regular consumption of drinks containing aspartame and major cardiovascular events.
Another study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine concludes:
“Daily diet soft drink consumption was associated with several vascular risk factors and with an increased risk for vascular events. Further research is needed before any conclusions can be made regarding the potential health consequences of diet soft drink consumption.”
The diet soda industry has been in decline for quite some time owing to its connection with various health problems over the years. It is likely that this finding will see a further decline in sales of this product and may also push the industry towards replacing artificial sweeteners such as aspartame with healthier natural sweeteners.
According to Time Magazine:
One reason for the decline could be a growing awareness of the obesity epidemic in the US and growing health concerns surrounding sugar-sweetened beverages. According to Reuters, industry experts say the beverage industry is shrinking under the scrutiny. Even diet-branded drinks have suffered a loss of sales with concerns over artificial sweeteners.
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