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Artificially Sweetened Drinks Can Lead to an Early Grave

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • In a recent study analyzing data from 451,743 people from 10 countries over 20 years, researchers found that those who drank artificially sweetened drinks suffered a higher all-cause mortality — specifically from circulatory disease — while those drinking sugar sweetened drinks had a higher risk of death from digestive disease
  • These associations remained constant, even when the researchers removed confounding factors such as higher body mass index, smoking and other mortality risks
  • One of the most commonly used artificial sweeteners is aspartame, which is associated with increased risk of obesity, as it appears to encourage sugar cravings and does not activate the brain's reward pathway in the same way natural sweeteners do. Research also links aspartame with neurobehavioral symptoms such as insomnia, depression, headaches and seizures
  • Alterations in gut bacteria by artificial sweeteners may contribute to weight gain and insulin resistance. The American Beverage Association is pushing back as the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Heart Association call for federal and state policy changes to protect children and adolescents from marketing targeted at them

According to the CDC, 6 in 10 U.S. adults now have chronic health conditions like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and stroke, while 4 in 10 have two or more of these diseases. The triggers for many of these conditions are lifestyle choices including smoking and excessive alcohol use.

Big Soda companies, intent on protecting their profits, have been promoting the message that the obesity epidemic is being driven by a lack of activity as opposed to indulging in sugar-based foods and beverages. However, there is overwhelming scientific evidence that you can’t out-exercise your diet.

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