Artificial sweeteners can increase the risk of heart disease: Study found

The use of artificial sweeteners as an alternative to sugar is widespread.

A study suggests a direct association between the consumption of artificial sweeteners and cardiovascular disease.

Over 100,000 French adults were analyzed in the study, published in The BMJ.

Study participants were 18 years and over from the French nutrient-Sante e-cohort.

The average age of the participants was 42, and four out of five were female.

An average of 42.46 mg/day of artificial sweeteners was consumed by 37% of study participants, which is equivalent to 100 mL of diet soda.

Participants reported 1,502 cardiovascular events over an average follow-up period of nine years.

Artificial sweetener consumption was associated with a 9% higher risk of heart disease, according to researchers.