Most people read the word “diet” and think that it will be kinder on the waistline, and an overall healthier option than regular soda.
There are numerous studies that point to just the opposite. For example, a breakthrough study conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio showed that those who drank two or more diet sodas a day had a 500% increase in waist size than those who did not drink diet soda.
Results from participants who drank diet soda also showed increased cardiometabolic risk, which relates to diabetes type 2, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and heart disease. And what do you think caused this increased cardiometabolic risk? Artificial sweeteners!
The danger of artificial sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners are added to most diet sodas you see in grocery stores today and are believed by scientists to trigger sweet receptors in the brain, which cause the body to prepare itself for an influx of calories. Even though those calories never arrive, the body still craves them, and can actually cause people to end up eating way more calories overall, putting them at risk of weight gain. This visceral fat buildup around the waistline is responsible for a whole host of diseases.
Dr. Helen Hazuda, professor of medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, says:
“Your body is used to knowing that a sweet taste means you are ingesting energy in the form of calories that, if you don’t burn them off, is going to convert to fat.”
Artificial sweeteners, however, confuse your body and weaken the link in our brains between sweetness and calories. Hazuda says that it is for this reason that drinking diet soda leads to weight gain and cravings for sweeter and sweeter treats. These cravings, she says, are associated with a drop in the appetite-regulating hormone leptin, which is the hormone responsible for inhibiting hunger.
And what happens when our bodies aren’t producing enough of this hunger inhibiting hormone? We eat, and eat and eat and eat!
Read the label on the back of your diet soda. Does it contain any of these harmful artificial sweeteners?
- Aspartame (NutraSweet® and Equal®)
- Acesulfame-K (Sweet One®)
- Saccharin (Sweet’N Low®)
- Sucralose (Splenda®)
If so, ditch it!
Diet Soda & Dental Health
Diet sodas are no better for your teeth than regular sodas. Although they contain less sugar than regular soda, it is actually not the sugar that’s the problem. For example:
- Acid content! Phosphoric acid, citric acid, and/or tartaric acid (present in nearly all diet soda) weakens tooth enamel, making you more susceptible to cavities and dental erosion. Also, beware of fruit juices that contain citric acid – they have the same eroding effect on your teeth.
- Studies show that cola-carbonated soft drinks can cause problems associated with bone mineral density, such as bone loss, especially in women. This is due to the fact that cola beverages contain phosphorus, which can leach calcium and other important minerals from the body through the kidneys and bloodstream in order to keep the equilibrium.
- Diet sodas usually contain caffeine, which has diuretic and laxative properties. If you drink soda regularly it’s likely that you’re drinking less water and are therefore more prone to dehydration. Dehydration leads to dry mouth, bad breath and increased risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
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