Recently, it has become popular drinking diet soda as many people believe that it will help them to lose those unwanted pounds, and being the safest option from all other available soda drinks.
Contrary to the popular belief, this is so untrue as drinking diet soda is highly detrimental to your health. Purdue researcher states that public health officials should warn people not to drink diet soda, just like they avoid the consumption of regular, sugar-sweetened soda.
The well respected professor of psychological sciences and a behavioral neuroscientist at Purdue, Susan E. Swithers, Ph.D, claims that every person should limit the intake of all sweeteners, including no-calorie sweeteners.
This renowned professor reviewed recent studies which studied the effects of diet soda and came to the discovery that 30% of American adults and 15% of American children consume artificial sweeteners, including aspartame, sucralose, and saccharin. She states:
“There is a lot of pressure from the public health sector to find solutions to counter the rise of obesity and chronic disease, and there is a lot of money and business at stake for the food industry as it develops and promotes these products.
Beverages are becoming political issues as government leaders and politicians seek regulation and taxing to limit their availability and consumption, but most of these measures exclude diet soft drinks because they are perceived as healthy.
When it comes to making policy decisions, it’s more important than ever that the science is considered and that the public understands what the science says in order to help them make the best health decisions.”
Artificial sweeteners greatly confuse the body’s capability to manage calories based on tasting something sweet. What complicates the matter more is the fact that people excessively consume sweet foods thus doubling the increased risk of metabolic syndrome.
According to research diet soda can lead to numerous health issues, such as:
- Type 2 Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
In 2009, the journal Diabetes Care released a study which revealed that drinking diet soda is associated to a 36% higher risk of metabolic syndrome and a 67% increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
The consumption of artificial sweeteners disturbs the stomach-brain connection causing metabolic derangements. Worldwide experts have examined the influence of artificial sweeteners among which is the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel which discovered that the consumption of diet sodas alter the gut microbes by increasing the risk of metabolic diseases.
Experiments were performed on mice which were fed with zero-calorie sweeteners found in these drinks, including saccharin, aspartame, and sucralose, which resulted in glucose intolerance.
If you drink more than 4 cans of soda a day, then you are at 30% higher risk of depression. However, if you drink 4 cups of coffee, that will offer you protective effects thus lowering the risk of depression by 10%.
- Compromised Lungs
Diet soda drinks elevate the risk of developing asthma and COPD symptoms. An Australian study which monitored participants with asthma reported that 13.3% of them and 15.6% of participants with COPD consumed more than 2 cups of soda every day.
- Kidney Damage
Harvard experts have also examined persons who drank soda drinks for more than 20 years and reported that the long-term consumption of diet soda can lead to 30% greater reduction in kidney function.
- Cardiovascular Disease
According to a study carried out at the University of Miami and Columbia University where over 2,000 adults were monitored in the time period of 10 years, it was revealed that those persons who consumed diet soda were at a higher risk of heart attacks and stroke, and were more likely to die as a result of heart diseases.
- A Less Protected Brain
The artificial sweetener, aspartame, most commonly found in these drinks, greatly damages the brain’s antioxidant defense system. Therefore, long-term use of aspartame leads to imbalance in the antioxidant/pro-oxidant status in the brain, more specifically through the mechanism containing the glutathione-dependent system.
This is what else studies have found out, aspartame is associated to:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Brain tumors
- Birth defects
- Chemical sensitivities
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Hearing loss
- Multiple sclerosis
- Migraines & headaches
- Short term memory loss
- Weight gain
Conclusively, you need to be very careful with the consumption of diet sodas because even though it seems to you that they are healthier alternative to regular sugar-sweetened soda, it is just not true. In fact, they lead to weight loss and trigger a wide range of health issues, such as metabolic damage, heart disease and obesity.
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