Experts have warned drinking diet soft drinks frequently increases the risk of dying young.
It has been revealed that consuming just two cans per-day will significantly increase the risk of stroke and heart disease.
The new data comes from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, and also revealed that risk of early death is 16% higher for diet soft drink consumers.
Dr Yasmin Mossavar-Rahmani, lead author of the study told CNN: “Many well-meaning people, especially those who are overweight or obese, drink low-calorie sweetened drinks to cut calories in their diet”.
“Our research and other observational studies have shown that artificially sweetened beverages may not be harmless and high consumption is associated with a higher risk of stroke and heart disease.”