According to a research published by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, artificial sweeteners have the same health risks as sugar. The data came from 104,760 French men and women who participated in an online study called NutriNet Sante that aims to study the relationship between nutrition, health, and dietary behavior. The participants recorded their everyday food intake and their health status every six months. They were divided into three groups depending on the amount of sugar they consume regularly. The researchers discovered that the participants who regularly take drinks with artificial sweeteners are at the same risk of getting a heart disease with people who regularly take sugary drinks.

Lead author Eloi Chazelas said that the study suggests that artificially sweetened drinks may not be a healthy alternative for sugar drinks, and the data added further supported arguments on the debate about taxes and regulation of artificial sweeteners. Co-chair of the American College of Cardiology, Dr. Andrew Freeman said people think that alternative sweeteners are better than sugar yet recent evidence shows possible health risks especially in women. Freeman advised that it is best to limit food additives not just in drinks but to processed foods in general.