Diet coke ‘as bad’ as for your heart as the full fat version, study says

Researchers appear to have dispelled the assumption that Diet Coke is in fact any better for your heart than its full-fat cousin.

Experts at Sorbonne Paris Nord University have warned that both cans of pop may increase your risk of heart disease.

The study into the differences between artificially sweetened versions of Coke and the red-canned "full fat" version revealed disappointing results for thirsty punters on a health kick.

French researchers analysed data from 104,760 participants, who were asked to fill out three 24-hour dietary records every six months, The Mirror reports.

Based on their records, the participants were divided into three groups – non-consumers, low consumers and high consumers.

A decade of records from 2009 to 2019 looked for links between intake and heart-related issues, such as stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA), myocardial infarction, acute coronary syndrome and angioplasty.

An analysis of the results revealed that higher consumers of sugary drinks and artificially sweetened beverages were more likely to experience heart disease.

That includes strokes, heart attacks and acute coronary syndrome.

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High consumers of either artificially sweetened or sugary drinks were 20% more likely to suffer heart problems than people who avoided both types of soft drinks, sticking to water, tea or coffee.

Eloi Chazela, who led the study, said: “Our study suggests artificially sweetened beverages may not be a healthy substitute for sugar drinks, and these data provide additional arguments to fuel the current debate on taxes, labelling and regulation of sugary drinks and artificially sweetened beverages.”

This isn’t the first time boffins have found warned about the dangers of drinking so-called diet drinks.

A 2019 study revealed that drinking two fizzy drinks a day – even if it’s the low calorie option – can increase your risk of premature death by 25%.

In particular, the beverages fuel fatal illnesses that affect the circulatory and digestive systems, warned the scientists.

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