Artificial sweeteners linked to an increased risk of stroke, heart disease and even death.

Researchers looked at data on 81,714 women between the ages of 50-79.

Women who drank two or more diet drinks a day had a 23 percent increase in stroke risk when compared with women who drank diet drinks less than once per week.

Artificial sweeteners encourage taste buds to keep going for something sweeter and sweeter each time.