Fizzy Drinks Cause Serious Harm To Unborn Children
July 14, 2010
By Sean Poulter
Mothers-to-be who down cans of fizzy drink containing artificial sweeteners could be at greater risk of having a premature baby.
Research funded by the EU found a correlation between the amount of diet drink consumed and an early birth among the 60,000 women studied.
Many had switched from sugary drinks to those with artificial sweeteners believing they were a healthier option.
But this study suggests that drinks using sweeteners, such as aspartame, carried dangers for the unborn child.
Some British public health experts are now advising expectant mothers to avoid food and drink containing the chemicals.
It is rare for a mother-to-be to give birth before 37 weeks of a normal pregnancy.
But the EU research suggests this low risk was increased by 38 per cent if the woman was drinking, on average, one can of diet drink a day.
Routinely drinking four or more cans a day could increase the risk by as much as 78 per cent.
However, the researchers said in a report in the journal of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition that there was no link associated with sugar-sweetened drinks.
They suggested that exposure to methanol, which is in some artificial sweeteners, may play a part in bringing forward the birth.