Diet Soda Pop Harder On Your Heart Than Regular

It’s a running joke. “Big Mac, large fries, and a Diet Coke.” Because the Diet Coke is “healthier.” Isn’t it?

Not according to a recent study that showed diet soda pop drinkers had a 48% higher risk of heart attack or stroke than those who consumed regular soda pop – or no soda pop at all.

The study followed more than 2,500 adults with an average age of 69. The participants filled out a questionnaire detailing their ethnic background and dietary and exercise habits. Researchers then followed their health over a period of nine years.

“If our results are confirmed with future studies, then it would suggest that diet soda may not be the optimal substitute for sugar-sweetened beverages,” said the lead author of the study, Hannah Gardener of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Specific drinks consumed were not tracked. Therefore it cannot be stated whether a specific brand or sweetener is behind the findings.

Researchers cannot explain exactly what is behind these results. However, given that there appears to be a link between diet soda pop consumption and increased cardiac risk, it’s probably a good idea to cut back on your consumption. Your heart – and your dentist – may thank you.

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Manuela B.
Manuela B.4 years ago

Go Martha....

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle4 years ago

They are both crap. POISON. There are tons of tasty drinks, starting with WATER, the drink of LIFE, .... or Margueritas! (just in case you thought that I was an old fuddy-dud)

wizzy wizard
wiz wi4 years ago


David B. C.
David Cox4 years ago

Look at the salt content next time. It's pure sweet salt water.
Diet ones have more salt than regular. I agree with Deanna and drink only Whole Foods natural sodas w/no salt or artificial sweeteners.

Deanna Giggles
Deanna Zimmerman4 years ago

I never drink diet OR regular soda. Once in awhile, I'll drink an organic soda or a "natural" one from Whole Foods, but that is EXTREMELY rare.

Legoman Jake
Past Member 4 years ago

I don't drink the stuff.

Hana F.
Hana Fatkic4 years ago

I was coke addict :)

Iona Kentwell
Iona Kentwell4 years ago

Carol K, you're right, diabetics do need to be careful of their sugar intake obviously. However artificial sweeteners are the most consumed poisons on the planet. If you don't want sugar don't drink soft drink, easy. Mineral water with lime juice is delicious and is good for you too!

Charlene R.
Charlene Rush4 years ago

There is no doubt in my mind, that artificial sweeteners are more dangerous than sugar, as a general rule.
I don't recall a single artificial sweetener that hasn't shown itself it be dangerous, after a period of time. Please, correct me if I'm wrong.

I worked with a man who was so addicted to Pepsi, that he not only, drank Pepsi 24/7, but he woke during the night to indulge.
Now, admittedly, that's excessive.

Apparently, there is something addictive, for some people, in these drinks.
What happened to water, especially filtered water? How about iced tea, unsweetened, of course.
It's simply a question of how you accustom your taste buds.

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.4 years ago

guess i'll have to give up my Coke Zero