Artificial Sweeteners May Increase Risk of Heart Disease & Stroke

Equal and Splenda are used in many meals and drinks to give them the taste consumers love without the calories. If you like diet drink or sugar-free packaged goods,

you may be eating more sugar replacements than you know. A new study links artificial sweeteners to heart disease and stroke

In The BMJ, researchers examined NutriNet-Sante data from 103,388 French people. 37.1% of respondents said they ate artificially

sweetened food, drinks, and tabletop sweeteners. They consumed 42.46 mg of artificial sweeteners daily, about a packet of tabletop

sweetener. According to Medscape Cardiology, "Higher consumption in this study was a mean of 77 mg/day artificial sweetener, which is about 200 mL of soda

Aspartame accounted for 58% of artificial sweetener intake, acesulfame potassium 29%, and sucralose 10%.

Researchers found that artificial sweeteners raised cardiovascular or cerebrovascular incident risk by 9% after a nine-year follow-up. 

Aspartame was linked to cerebrovascular events, while acesulfame potassium and sucralose were linked to coronary heart disease.

"This lines up with other research suggesting a higher risk of heart disease and stroke among high users of artificial sweeteners," Sugar Shock co-author Samantha Cassetty,

"While this study wasn't designed to show cause and effect, the fact that several studies have pointed to the same health risks raises a big red flag."

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