New study suggests link between diet drinks and heart disease in women

GILBERT, AZ (April 14, 2014) – Cola SweetLeaf® Liquid Stevia® Sweet Drops® is a natural solution for soda lovers, especially after news that a 10-year study suggests a link between regular consumption of diet soda and heart disease in women. When mixed with sparkling water, Cola Sweet Drops® delivers the soda taste consumers crave with zero calories, zero carbohydrates and none of the chemicals contained in traditional carbonated drinks.

“Many people tolerate some chemical content in exchange for zero calories and zero carbs. This, of course, is a personal choice, but why take the risk,” said James May, CEO and Founder of Wisdom Natural Brands®, the maker of SweetLeaf® Stevia Sweetener. There is a natural, health-conscious solution: Cola Sweet Drops®, which are free of the added chemicals and preservatives found in commercial sodas.”

Recently, a report was presented to the American College of Cardiology by Dr. Ankur Vyas of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinic in Iowa City that revealed women who drank two or more diet drinks a day were 30 percent more likely to have a heart attack or other cardiovascular event and were 50 percent more likely to die during those cardiac events than women who rarely consume diet drinks. This study suggests women who consume more diet drinks are compensating for unhealthy habits, which then lead to heart disease.

Cola Sweet Drops® is natural and convenient and when added to sparkling water, makes a great-tasting soda. SweetLeaf® Liquid Stevia® Sweet Drops® also come in 19 other flavors. SweetLeaf®, the top-selling natural stevia sweetener,* has packaged three travel-sized flavors – Cola, Root Beer and Grape – in a convenient Soda Pack to appeal to soda lovers on the go. All 20 flavors of Sweet Drops® come in easy-to-use dropper bottles, so consumers can add as much or as little as their taste buds desire.

* Based on SPINS latest 24-week unit growth in the natural channel, ending 11/23/13.

About Wisdom Natural Brands®
Gilbert, Arizona-based Wisdom Natural Brands® is the parent company of two highly respected consumer brands: SweetLeaf® Stevia Sweetener and Wisdom of the Ancients® herbal teas. SweetLeaf® is the natural stevia sweetener with zero calories, zero carbohydrates and zero glycemic response. The only stevia brand to be named a Top Wellness Company and to win 13 global taste and innovation awards, SweetLeaf® is sold in boxes containing 35 or 70 packets, as well as in SweetLeaf® Stevia Plus® Shaker Bottles for easy home use and SweetLeaf® SteviaTabs® Dissolvable Tablets for on-the-go use. SugarLeaf®, also by Wisdom, bonds stevia with raw cane sugar for a low-calorie sugar alternative perfect for baking and cooking. SweetLeaf® Liquid Stevia® Sweet Drops® add flavor without calories or carbohydrates to favorite foods and beverages, and Sweet Drops® Water Enhancers add natural flavor to still or sparkling water. For more information about SweetLeaf® products, recipes and more, visit

Wisdom of the Ancients herbal teas, from energizing Yerba Maté Royale® to calming Rooibos, are available loose leaf or in bags and come in a variety of refreshing flavors. Select varieties are also available with a touch of calorie-free stevia sweetener.

SweetLeaf® and Wisdom of the Ancients products can be purchased online at ShopSweetLeaf®.com or at grocery and health food stores throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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