Press releases

14 February 2019

BSDA refutes study linking diet drinks and increased stroke risk

new study by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association claims drinking two or more of any kind of artificially-sweetened soft drinks a day is linked to an increased risk of clot-based stroke, heart attacks and early death in women over 50.

In response to these findings, British Soft Drinks Association Director-General Gavin Partington, said:

“This study claims association between diet drinks and increased risk of stroke, but does not provide evidence of cause.

“According to all leading health authorities in the world, including the European Food Safety Authority, low- and no-calorie sweeteners are safe.

"In March 2017, the UK Government and Public Health England publicly endorsed the use of low-calorie sweeteners as a safe alternative to reduce sugar in food and drink and help people manage their weight.”