I’m sure we all have those friends who believe that drinking diet soda is so much better for you than regular soda. (I actually have friends who believe it’s not harmful! They are obese by the way, not sure why they aren’t making the connection.) But, a new study is suggesting that the bubbly, artificially sweetened drink isn’t just bad for your body, but your brain as well. The study, published in the journal Stroke, found that diet soda was tied to a higher risk of stroke and dementia.
“We have little data on the health effects of diet drinks and this is problematic because diet drinks are popular amongst the general population. More research is needed to study the health effects of diet drinks so that consumers can make informed choices concerning their health.”
- Compared to never drinking artificially sweetened soft drinks- drinking one a day, people were almost three times as likely to have an ischemic stroke, caused by blocked blood vessels
- One a day- participants were nearly three times as likely to be diagnosed with dementia
- Participants who drank one to six artificially sweetened beverages a week were found to be 2.6 times as likely to experience an “ischemic stroke but were no more likely to develop dementia”