Doctors, dieticians, trainers, and nutritionists have all been known to prescribe diet soda as an alternative to regular soda. It has fewer calories, contains no sugar, and often has a comparable great taste. So what’s the problem with diet soda? It sounds like a very healthy alternative; well think again. Not only has there been years of research touting the dangers of diet soda, new research also suggests some other hidden dangers.
It’s Diet, Have All You Want
Everything in moderation is a mantra that many people live by. For some reason, this gets thrown out the door with diet soda. Many people seem to believe that because it contains 0-5 calories, it can be consumed limitlessly. A decade long study by doctors at the University of Texas – San Antonio presented in 2011 showed that diet soda drinkers experienced 70 percent greater increases in waist circumference compared with non-users. The study performed on subjects in the San Antonio Longitudinal Study of Aging also showed that people, who considered themselves frequent users, consuming 2 or more diet sodas a day, increased their waistline by over 500 percent compared to non-users. Calories add up.
Fake Sugars are Tricky
Our bodies are all adapting and intelligent. Sugar triggers the body to prepare for calorie burn. When the calories don’t come, as fake sugars don’t have any, your body starts to adapt to this and doesn’t treat calories the same. Research shows that this breakdown in the relationship between metabolism and sugar causes you to burn less calories and in return, gain more weight.
Fake Sugars are Dangerous
Aspartame (Nutrasweet and Equal), has been linked to cancer and a wide variety of behavioral changes in humans. Saccharin (Sweet n Low), was deemed “hazardous to your health” by the FDA in 1977 and is also linked to Cancer. Even Sucralose (Splenda), known as the safer alternative, has been linked to dangerous side effects, in lab animals, such as chest pains, fatigue, miscarriage, and diarrhea. Long term studies have yet to be completed on Sucralose but some experts think it may be just as dangerous as Aspartame and Saccharin.
There have been countless studies warning about the dangers of sugar alternatives. Don’t believe that you are doing better because you are drinking Diet. Although studies do show that moderate consumption of these substitutes can be harmless; Are you really sure what your moderation is? Is it worth the risk? Why not have more water instead?