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Avoiding all diet drinks definitely a no-brainer!

MANY people wonder whether diet drinks are bad for them, even though they may seem like a better option, compared with the sugary variety.

But research shows that this isn’t the case. And now, we have even more reason to avoid diet drinks at all costs. Artificially-sweetened drinks increase the risk of strokes and dementia. Researchers at Boston University looked at the numbers, and found that people who enjoy diet drinks are nearly three times more likely to experience these devastating conditions.

And sugar-sweetened drinks aren’t much better! Researchers studied the soda-drinking tendencies of nearly 3,000 adults, and found some startling data on diet-soda consumption.

When looking at people more than 45 years old for strokes, and older than 60 for dementia, they found that drinking diet soda regularly almost triples the risk of developing strokes or dementia.

That risk held true, even after considering other risk factors such over-eating, diet quality, exercise levels and smoking.

Sudha Seshadri, MD, of Boston University’s Alzheimer’s Disease Centre said: “These studies are not the be-all and end-all, but it’s strong data and a very strong suggestion. It looks as though there is not very much of an upside to having sugary drinks, and substituting the sugar with artificial sweeteners doesn’t seem to help. Maybe good, old-fashioned water is something we need to get used to.”

But the Boston University research team didn’t stop there. They also investigated impacts of drinking regular fizzy pop. And while sugar-sweetened beverages were not associated with strokes or dementia to the same extent, this type of soda comes with its own set of problems.

Whether it’s “real” sugar, or high fructose corn syrup dangers, related to soda, the science is clear. The sugar industry scandal of the Fifties and Sixties set a dietary disaster into motion. Faulty sugar-industry-funded studies shifted public perception, tricking people into thinking that fat, not sugar, was the nutritional villain.

Now, we know better, understanding that healthy fats are vital for good health. But still too many people are downing soda. Excess sugar is a well-known, heart-disease trigger, causing major metabolic damage. But Boston University researchers wanted to see how drinking sugary soda, soft drinks and fruit juice, impacts the human brain.

Using MRI imaging, cognitive tests and existing data, scientists found that drinking more than two sugary drinks, or more than three sodas, a day, results in smaller brain volume. The brain actually shrinks, reducing the size of the hippocampus. It also sets accelerated brain ageing into motion, and results in poorer memory. These are all risk factors for early-stage Alzheimer’s. Even a diet soda a day results in smaller brain volume.

Boston University showed the first connection between diet soda and dementia, but there’s a long list of medical research, linking artificially-sweetened drinks to a slew of other health problems. These include:

*Depression: drinking more than four cans a day is linked to a 30% higher risk of depression

*Kidney damage: long-term diet-soda drinking is linked to a 30% reduction in kidney function

*Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome: drinking diet soda daily increases your risk of metabolic syndrome by 36%; it increases your risk of Type 2 diabetes by 67%, compared with non-diet soda drinkers.

Better health drinks

Why drink something that shortens your life? Try these things instead:

*Tea can lower your risk of Alzheimer’s by up to 86%, and drinking coffee can lower your risk of depression by 10%

*Try drinking kombucha tea instead. Known as the “Immortal Health Elixir” by the Chinese, it’s bursting with gut-friendly probiotics

*Bone broth sells for upwards of $10 a cup in New York City, and is making a comeback. Try tapping into its healing power.

 

 

 

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