What Diet Coke can do to your heart will shock you
SWEETENED drinks such as Diet Coke can dramatically raise heart risk, scientists discover.
From the first sip to 60 minutes and beyond, the Brit revealed the stomach-churning affects that the fizzy drink has on the body.
He claimed that the phosphoric acid attacks the enamel in your teeth, while the artificial sweeteners make you put on weight by sending your body into fat-storage mode.
And now, scientists have reported that drinking just two sweetened drinks a day can dramatically raise heart risk.
The findings cover drinks made with sugar and those containing artificial sweeteners — such as Diet Coke and Pepsi Max.
Scientists believe that guzzling your way through two cans can increase the danger of heart failure by up to quarter.
They discovered that men who have two daily servings of sweetened drinks each day were 23% more likely to suffer heart failure.
Although women were not tested, the finding may apply equally to both sexes.
Soft drinks have also previously been linked to high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and obesity. So it’s not really that surprising that the sweet drinks have a negative affect on heart health as well.
The study says “No distinction was made between drinks sweetened with sugar, fructose/glucose, or artificial sweetener.”
And Gavin Partington, BSDA Director General, feels that the findings are lacking appropriate evidence.
He said: “The authors of this limited observational study accept that no definitive conclusions can be drawn about cause and effect.
“Key risk factors for heart failure include high blood pressure which is a consequence of an overall unhealthy diet and lack of exercise.
“The persistent focus on a single ingredient or product is neither helpful to consumers nor based on evidence of the importance of a balanced diet overall.”