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Diet Beverages Might Increase Risk of Dementia, Stroke

By jeremyc | April 18, 2017

Many people choose artificially-sweetened beverages over sugar-sweetened ones, believing the former is a healthier option. However, according to a new study, this is not so. In a recent study, researchers found that the risk of stroke and dementia was higher in people who drink one or more artificially-sweetened beverages every day.

In the last few years, a lot has been said about how harmful sugar is. Because of the persistent war on sugar, many people have switched to drinks and foods that contain artificial sweeteners. These drinks and foods are frequently called as ‘healthful alternatives’.

However, more and more studies are quashing this belief. A study done last year had found a connection between aspartame, a common artificial sweetener used in diet soda, and weight gain in mice.

The latest study now suggests that artificial sweeteners might also harm the brain. In this study, the researchers found that the risk of ischemic stroke in people who consumed one or more artificially-sweetened beverages daily was three times greater than those who on average drank less than one beverage in a week. The risk of Alzheimer’s was found to be 2.9 times more in the first group compared to the second.

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