Diet soda is one of the biggest marketing scams of all time. Just think about it. Soda manufacturers are charging more for a product that’s worse for you, all the while convincing millions of Americans it’s a healthier option.
A recently-concluded study from the University of Iowa hits home just how big of a travesty the whole thing is.
The study, spearheaded by Dr. Ankur Vyas, involved nearly 60,000 participants over a 9+ year period. The goal was to pinpoint the effects of aspartame, the artificial sweetener that replaces sugar in diet drinks.
The Study’s Findings
How major? Well, 1 in 5 Americans drink diet soda every day. That’s 17% of the entire population, or more than 5 million people. That’s how major.
How Aspartame Causes Cardiovascular Disease
Based on the modern scientific principle (correlation ≠ causation), the University of Iowa study does not draw a definite link between aspartame and cardiovascular disease. Luckily, though, there’s a sea of other medical knowledge we can draw on to find the link.
For one, as Dr. Mercola reports, when a pregnant woman consumes aspartame she greatly increases her child’s risk of obesity. Obesity, of course, is a major risk factor for cardiovascular illness.
Aspartame can also increase one’s risk of depression. What many people don’t realize is that a depressed person’s body is a very cardiovascular disease-friendly environment. Depression can also encourage habits conducive to cardiovascular disease, including alcohol abuse, smoking and lack of exercise.
As if all that wasn’t bad enough, aspartame poses a whole laundry list of other health risks, including:
- Personality changes
- Abdominal pain
- Difficulty managing diabetes
Look at it this way. 75% of all food complaints the FDA receives each year are in regards to aspartame. If you’re going to drink soda (which you really shouldn’t) stick to the regular variety.