Diet drinks TRIPLE your risk of stroke and dementia - and are FAR more dangerous than drinks sweetened with sugar
Adults who have at least one diet drink a day are three times more at risk from a stroke or dementia, research shows lately.
Scientists say they should no longer be regarded as the healthier alternative and urge the public to stick to water or milk.
Their study of almost 4,400 adults also suggests diet drinks are more likely to cause strokes and dementia than those full of sugar.
There was no link between sugary beverages and either of the illnesses - although the researchers aren't encouraging us to drink them either.
The team of scientists from Boston University believe the artificial sweeteners including aspartame and saccharine maybe affecting the blood vessels, eventually triggering strokes and dementia.
Diet drinks account for a quarter of the sweetened beverages market but there is growing evidence they are not as healthy as previously thought.
A major review in January by Imperial College London researchers found they were no better at aiding weight loss than full fat drinks.
In fact the authors suggested they were encouraging obesity by triggering the sugar receptors in the brain, making us crave sweet food.