Posted on 31 January 2012 by admin
People who take herbal diet supplements to help them shed pounds may also be switching to diet soft drinks in an attempt to cut out sugar and calories. This population may want to think twice before guzzling down these beverages, however, as recent research suggest that these sodas could increase a person's risk of experiencing a cardiovascular event.
According to scientists from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and from Columbia University Medical Center, individuals who drink diet soda daily have a 43 percent increased risk of experiencing a heart attack, stroke or death due to a cardiovascular complication.
While these beverages have been marketed as a tool in the fight against obesity, these findings question whether regular diet soda consumption is safe. Interestingly, the researchers discovered that people who drank non-diet soft drinks regularly and diet ones moderately did not have an increased risk of a cardiovascular incident.
The scientists said that these results call for more research to be done to determine the potential health consequences of these beverages. The research appears online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Tags | Diet and Weight Loss