Is Diet Soda Healthy for You?
Soda is such a common thing to drink nowadays, if you are in the car, you reach for a soda, if it is a scorching hot day, you reach for a soda, if you are watching a movie, you reach for a soda!
A lot of manufacturers and companies have spent a lot of money convincing the public that diet soda is the way to go, that it is healthier and lighter and what you need to drink if you are dieting.
In a recent study by the Texas Health and Sciences Centre School of Medicine finalized their conclusions from an 8 year collection of data and released them at the American Diabetes Association meeting.
The results of the study revealed that if you drink diet soda this was linked to an even higher risk of obesity than if you drunk normal soda.
When the researchers delved into their data, they found that nearly all of the obesity risk came from diet sodas. (1)
The researchers did advise that this sort of study does not prove that diet soda actually causes obesity; it shows that something linked to drinking diet soda is also linked to obesity.
The results from another study that took place from Purdue University Indiana found that rats that ate artificial sweeteners steadily ate more food!
This then supports the theory that artificial sweeteners actually alter the body’s perception of satisfaction when artificial sweeteners are eaten. (2)
So in other words, you may feel like you have eaten something sweet, but your brain doesn’t actually register this and your body will continue to crave other sweet foods.
Diet soda may have less calories and less sugar but it does contain a lot of other chemicals like caffeine, sodium, phosphoric acid and artificial sweeteners and these chemicals all drain your brain.
A lot of Americans still continue to buy soda on a regular basis with the Beverage Digest showing that overall sales of all sodas in 2005 came in at roughly 2 ½ servings every day for men, women and children.
Caffeine and phosphoric acid are also present in sodas and these seep calcium from your body and can tilt your pH balance dangerously to the acidic side.
You can drink diet soda as a very short-term method to reduce the amount of sugar that you are having, it is however, something that we should all be aware and cautious of and try and wean ourselves off of drinking altogether.
So the question “is diet soda healthy?” after reading this I think we will all agree the answer is no!
(1,2) University of Texas Health Science Center: Related Studies Point to the Illusion of the Artificial
MayoClinic: DIet Soda
Daily News: Diet Sodas Raise Risk of Type 2 Diabetes More than Those Sweetened with Real Sugar
Harvard School of Public Health: Sugary Drinks or Diet Drinks
Prevention: 7 Gross Side Effects of Diet Soda
FitToday: 4 Health Side Effects of Diet Soda
Harvard Health Publications: IS there a Link Between Diet Soda and Heart Disease