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So-called diet drinks which are marketed as lower calorie versions are actually no better for your health than the full-sugar variety, new research suggests.
Drinking beverages made with artificial sweeteners “raises your risk of dying young” with consumers more likely to die from heart disease, the report shows.
Experts from Zhengzhou University in China tracked 1.2million adults over more than 20 years to learn about their consumption of soft drinks.
They recorded 137,310 deaths during this time with the risk of dying increasing for every 250ml consumed each day.
A standard can of pop is 330ml with a bottle hitting 500ml.
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Writing in the Journal of Public Health, the leading author of the study, Dr Hongyi Li, said that people who drank sugar-sweetened drinks had a 5% increased risk of dying from any cause.
And they had a 13% increase in risk of dying from heart disease, reports The Sun.
People who drank the most sugar-sweetened drinks were 12% more likely to die from any cause and 20% more likely to die from heart disease when compared to those who drank the least.
Meanwhile, when looking at artificially sweetened drinks the researchers discovered that people were 4% more at risk of dying from any cause and 7% higher risk of drying from heart disease.
People who drank more of the artificially sweetened drinks were 12% more likely to die of any cause and 23% more likely to die of heart disease.
That’s just a 3% increase on those drinking the drinks including sugar.
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Experts said that people should avoid drinking these drinks ideally, but that they are fine as part of an overall healthy diet.
Dr Li said: “High consumption of both artificially sweetened beverages and sugar-sweetened beverages showed significant associations with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease mortality and all-cause mortality.
“This information may provide ideas for decreasing the global burden of diseases by reducing sweetened beverage intake.”
Meanwhile, a whopping two thirds of Brits said that they would rather sacrifice years of their life than give up eating meat.
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