Looks like it’s time to convince Grandma to kick her Diet Coke habit. In the latest bit of dismal news for the soda industry, another scientific study has found virtually zero health benefits to drinking zero-calorie diet soda. In this instance, older Americans who regularly consumed diet soda were more likely to pack on excess pounds around their belly, increasing their risk for heart disease and metabolic syndrome.
“Calorie free does not equal consequence free,” Sharon P.G. Fowler of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio tells Reuters. Fowler led the study, which was published this week in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.