Diet soda is one of the biggest marketing scams of all time. Just think about it. Soda manufacturers are charging more for a product that’s worse for you, all the while convincing a great number of Americans that it is a healthier option.
A recent study from the University of Iowa hits home just how big of a travesty the whole thing is.
The study, spearheaded by Dr. Ankur Vyas, involved nearly 60,000 participants over a 9+ year period. The goal was to pinpoint the effects of aspartame, the artificial sweetener that replaces sugar in diet drinks.
Researchers pinpointed the effects, alright. Turns out, they’re nothing short of terrifying.
The consumption of 2 or more diet sodas on a daily basis raises the risk of cardiovascular issues by 30 percent, and the risk of dying because of cardiovascular diseases by 50%.
These results were found after researchers adjusted their data to account for other risk factors such as physical activity, age, BMI, and smoking.
According to Dr. Vyas, “This could have major public health implications.”
And he’s right, as 1 in 5 Americans drinks diet soda on a daily basis, which is over 5 million people, or 17% of the entire population!
The modern scientific principle (correlation ≠ causation) used at the University of Iowa study does not draw a definite relation between aspartame and cardiovascular disease, but the connection is easily specified using other medical knowledge.
According to Dr.Mercola, the consumption of aspartame during pregnancy greatly raises the baby’s risk of obesity, which is the major factor for cardiovascular issues.
Aspartame also leads to depression, which is a perfect environment for heart problems. Depression also supports habits which lead to cardiovascular diseases, such as lack of physical exercise, smoking and alcohol abuse.
Aspartame is nasty stuff, linked to cardiovascular damage, obesity, depression, and a whole lot more:
- Abdominal pain
- Difficulty managing diabetes
- Personality changes
Another interesting fact is that about 75% of all food complaints the FDA receives annually are linked to aspartame. Therefore, if you are a huge fan of soda drinks, at least consume the regular variety.
The following video from Dr. Mercola will explain more about the side-effects of aspartame: