Study: Dietary Drinks Can Increase the Risk of Heart Disease

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An artificial sweetener, which is typically present in diet beverages, has been linked to an elevated risk of cardiovascular diseases like stroke, according to a recent study.

As an alternative to added sugar, artificial sweeteners including aspartame, acesulfame potassium, and sucralose have been developed that maintain the sweetness while having fewer calories.

“Acesulfame potassium and sucralose were linked to an increased risk of coronary heart disease, while aspartame intake was linked to an increased risk of cerebrovascular events, “the researchers stated.

The BMJ journal published the findings. The study relied on participants from the NutriNet-Sante e-cohort, which began in France in May 2009, who were 18 years of age or older.

The major goal was to look into how nutrition and health have changed over time. The researchers found that the study looked at early indicators of cardiovascular health including weight status, hypertension, inflammation, vascular dysfunction, or gut microbiota disturbance in relation to intake of artificial sweeteners or beverages with artificial sweeteners.

Products that are typically consumed on a regular basis as part of daily dietary habits, such as artificially sweetened beverages, tabletop sweeteners, and dairy products, are the main vectors of artificial sweeteners “the researcher added.

In the past, a number of studies have claimed that using artificial sweeteners may have negative consequences, while others have suggested that it may be neutral or even beneficial. Despite the conflicting outcomes, artificial sweeteners currently account for a $7200 million business that is expected to expand by 5% annually to $9700 million by 2028.

Artificial sweeteners are still a contentious issue that is currently being reassessed by the World Health Organization, the European Food Safety Authority, and other medical organisations.