You won't ever touch a fizzy drink after reading this


You won’t ever touch a fizzy drink after reading this

A new study links diet fizzy drinks to an increased risk of dementia and stroke

By Heather Finn  July 12th, 2017

Drinking fizzy drinks is perhaps one of the hardest vices to break.

We all know it’s bad for our waistlines and overall health, but a new study published in the journal of the American Hearst Association, Stroke, just revealed an even scarier side to the bubbly stuff.

Drinking just one artificially sweetened diet fizzy drink a day was associated with a three times greater risk of later developing dementia and stroke.

We repeat: just one can a day. 

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The study analysed 2,888 people (mostly white) over the age of 45 for the stroke study and 1,484 people over the age of 60 for the dementia study. The researchers found that people who drank a diet fizz drink daily were three times more likely to develop a stroke caused by a blockage of blood vessels, and 2.9 times more likely to develop dementia than those who drank an artificially sweetened soda less than once a week.

Oddly enough, the study did not find an association between the diseases and regular fizz drinks —though researchers and doctors noted that both types are detrimental to blood vessels in the brain and body.

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They also note that there are a few key limitations, since the study’s population was primarily Caucasian and it was observational, but the overall message was clear: for the love of God, just drink water.

‘We know that limiting added sugars is an important strategy to support good nutrition and healthy body weights, and until we know more, people should use artificially sweetened drinks cautiously,’ Rachel K. Johnson, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., past chair of the American Heart Association’s Nutrition Committee and professor of nutrition at the University of Vermont told Stroke.

‘They may have a role for people with diabetes and in weight loss, but we encourage people to drink water, low-fat milk or other beverages without added sweeteners,’ she added.

From: ELLE UK

Swap your sweet colas for these detox drinks

Green tea, mint and lime infused water

Ingredients 

Green tea- 2 bags

Lime- 1

Mint leaves- handful

Water- 1-2 litres, depending on how strong you want it to taste

Ice cubes

Method

Boil the water, add the tea bags and steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags and add lime wedges and mint leaves. Chill for 1 hour. Strain well and serve. This tea can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Lemon, lime and oranges infused water

Ingredients

Lime- 1

Orange- 1

Lemon- ½

Water- 1-2 litres

Ice cubes

Method

In a big jar, layer the lime slices, orange slices and lemon pieces with ice cubes. Fill the jar with water. Let it chill for an hour and enjoy.

Cucumber, lime and lemon infused water

Ingredients

Cucumber- 2

Lime- 1

Lemon- ½

Water- 1-2 litres

Ice cubes

Method

In a big jar, layer the cucumber slices, lime wedges and lemon pieces with ice cubes. Fill the jar with water. Let it chill for an hour and enjoy.

Strawberry and kiwi infused water

Ingredients

Strawberry- 4-5 

Kiwi- ½ 

Water- 2 litres

Ice cubes

Method

Slice your kiwi in half and peel only the half you're using. Thinly slice your strawberry and peeled kiwi. Add slices to the water, cover, and leave in the fridge overnight.