Well, another day, another study telling us what we should and shouldn't consume - YAY.
According to science,diet fizzy drinks may be associated with a higher risk of stroke and dementia.
With that in mind, we reckon that it might just be time to take a hard look at our priorities, and reconsider our choice of carbonated beverages.
In a study in this month’s Stroke Journal, researchers studied over 4,000 adults above the age of 45 and looked at how many sugar-sweetened and artificially sweetened drinks they had between in a ten year period, between 1991 and 2001.
Following that, the researchers kept track of the incidence of stroke or dementia in those groups, for another ten years.
After accounting for everything from diet and age to sex and smoking, the study found that “higher recent and higher cumulative intake of artificially sweetened soft drinks were associated with an increased risk of ischemic stroke, all-cause dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease dementia.” There was no such association for those who drank full sugar beverages.
CNN explained in detail the more interesting results in an article they published on the study: “Compared to never drinking artificially sweetened soft drinks, those who drank one a day were almost three times as likely to have an ischemic stroke, caused by blocked blood vessels.
"They also found that those who drank one a day were nearly three times as likely to be diagnosed with dementia. Those who drank one to six artificially sweetened beverages a week were 2.6 times as likely to experience an ischemic stroke but were no more likely to develop dementia.”
The American Beverage Association released a statement in response to the findings that said, “The FDA, World Health Organisation, European Food Safety Authority and others have extensively reviewed low-calorie sweeteners and have all reached the same conclusion - they are safe for consumption.
While we respect the mission of these organisations to help prevent conditions like stroke and dementia, the authors of this study acknowledge that their conclusions do not, and cannot, prove cause and effect.”
Well, this news has ruined our day.