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The hidden dangers of diet soda

  • By Dr. T Deepa Porkodi

Women who drink the most diet sodas are likely to suffer from heart attacks and even die, say researchers. They found that women who drank two or more diet drinks a day were 30 percent more likely to have a heart attack or other cardiovascular event and 50 percent more likely to die than women who rarely consume such drinks.

This study suggests a link between diet drinks and heart diseases. The researchers are careful to state that this is only a link and there is no direct evidence that any specific ingredient in these drinks causes the heart attacks.

The researchers believe that women who drink large amounts of diet soda are trying to mask some unhealthy habit of theirs. Drinking diet soda instead of the regular one is their excuse of ‘healthy’ drinking. Chances are that they must be indulging in several more unhealthy habits.

These unhealthy habits are the real reasons behind the development of heart problems, researchers believe. The women who drank the most drinks were also more likely to smoke, to be overweight, to have diabetes and to have high blood pressure, noted the researchers.

The researchers concluded that it is not clear what exactly is causing the effects in women — whether it is something in the diet drinks, or whether women who drink many diet drinks have more unhealthy habits or risk factors than women who do not.

Diet drinks are a healthier option to the sugary colas, but they do not help one lose weight. So if you are trying to lose weight, replacing your coke with diet coke at Pizza Hut won’t alone help. You need to cut down on those pizzas and get your body moving at the gym too.

Diet sodas may be a healthier option, but they can mask your other unhealthy habits which may ultimately lead you to what you were trying to avoid with diet drinks - heart diseases and obesity!