'Diet' Drinks Linked to Risk of Stroke and Dementia

Artificially sweetened soft drink consumption has been associated with a higher risk of stroke and dementia.

We all know that too much sugar in our diet is bad for our health and that includes sugary soft drinks. But many reach for the artificially sweetened “diet” drinks thinking that it has to be a better choice than sugary soft drinks. Well it has now been proven that these ‘diet’ drinks are equally bad for our health, if not worse. This is the latest data from the Framingham Heart study in Massachussetts.

“We advise that people don’t drink sugary beverages because we know they are associated with a whole range of adverse health outcomes such as obesity, diabetes,” said Matthew Pase, PhD at Boston University School of Medicine. Pase is a visiting postdoctoral fellow at Boston University School of Medicine, and an investigator at the Framingham Heart Study. Pase authored the study and also says the outcomes can be just as bad consuming diet drinks with artificial sweeteners.1

“We found that those people who were consuming diet soda on a daily basis were three times as likely to develop both stroke and dementia within the next 10 years as compared to those who did not drink diet soda,” said Pase. About 4,000 Framingham residents, 30 or older, were monitored for this study.

It was found that those who drank sugary drinks showed faster brain ageing and poorer memory functionThe conclusion to this study was that ‘Artificially sweetened soft drink consumption was associated with a high risk of stroke and dementia‘. The artificial sweeteners used in the study were saccharin, acesulfame, Aspartame, neotame, and sucralose.

Aspartame is considered by some to be the most dangerous substance on the market that is added to foods and drinks. It accounts for more than 75% of the adverse reactions reported to the US FDA, yet the additive is still widely permitted and no warning labeling is required.

The range of symptoms and ailments attributed to Aspartame in a 1994 Department of Health & Human Services Report (23 years ago) include Headaches, Migraines, Memory Loss, Dizziness, Seizures, Numbness, Rashes, Depression, Fatigue, Irritability, Tachycardia, Insomnia, Vision problems, Hearing loss, Heart Palpitations, Breathing difficulties, Slurred speech, Tinnitus, Vertigo and Joint pain.

Aspartame is an excitotoxin and excessive exposure to Aspartame can cause damage to your brain cells. It is important to be aware when food shopping, that you look at the Ingredients list on the packaged foods and drinks. Look out for (950) or (951), these are the number codes for Aspartame, so avoid purchasing anything with those numbers. Start cutting back on the artificially sweetened drinks, with a view of eliminating them completely from your diet to protect your heart and brain health.

1. https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/strokeaha.116.016027