Are you a Diet Coke fan, rather than the classic, original recipe?
The chances are, if you fancy slashing your sugar intake, and limiting your calories, you opt for the silver label.
But, if you’re one of those Brummies routinely ordering Diet Coke on your nights as designated driver, I have some alarming news.
You see, the staple fizzy drink could be posing you with serious health problems.
In fact, drinking the beverage everyday “increases your risk of dying young”,. This is according to a post by the Mirror publication.
And it applies to regular Coca-Cola, too.
And it’s especially bad news for women, who were found to be more vulnerable to premature death, the more sugary drinks they have.
Worryingly, researchers questioned 80,647 women and 37,716 men every two years for several years.
The results showed that the more sugary drinks a person drank – including carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks, fruit drinks and energy drinks – the higher their risk of early death from any cause was.
Those who drank one to four sugary drinks a month were linked to a one percent increased risk, while the risk rose to 14 percent for those who consume one or two a day.
For anyone who had more than two sugary drinks, such as Coke, a day the risk of premature death increased by a whopping 21 percent.
As well as this, scientists also discovered those who drank more than two sugary beverages a day were particularly at risk of cardiovascular disease, with each extra drink increasing the risk by 10 percent.
A link was also found between consumption of sugary drinks and a risk of dying young from cancer.
Dr Mossavar-Rahmani said the study proves that water is the best choice for a no-calorie drink.
Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition said: “These findings are consistent with the known adverse effects of high sugar intake on metabolic risk factors and the strong evidence that drinking sugar-sweetened beverages increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, itself a major risk factor for premature death.
“The results also provide further support for policies to limit marketing of sugary beverages to children and adolescents and for implementing soda taxes because the current price of sugary beverages does not include the high costs of treating the consequences.”
Last year, researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev claim artificial sweeteners found in the drink were toxic to digestive gut microbes.
Diet drinks account for a quarter of the sweetened beverages market but there is growing evidence they are not as healthy as previously thought.
The researchers found aspartame, sucralose, saccharine, neotame, advantame, and acesulfame potassium-k – are toxic to bacteria found in the digestive system.
Professor Ariel Kushmaro, who worked on the study, said: “This is further evidence that consumption of artificial sweeteners adversely affects gut microbial activity which can cause a wide range of health issues.”
Beyond Diet Coke, artificial sweeteners are used in a range of food products – including sports supplements and sugar-free condiments.
And worryingly, these artificial sweeteners have also been identified as potential environment pollutants.
Professor Kushmaro added: “The results of this study might help in understanding the relative toxicity of artificial sweeteners and the potential of negative effects on the gut microbial community as well as the environment.”