The Skinny on Diet Soda.

French researchers recently announced that drinking just one 12 oz. can of a diet soda per week can increase your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes by 33%. Women are even more affected; those who drank 20 oz. of diet soda per week had a 66% increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes! 

Why is this?

Because artificial sweeteners are not satisfying! When we drink artificially sweetened drinks, it can trigger a craving for sugar, especially in women – of course.  Further, our bodies react to aspartame, one of the most popular artificial sweeteners around, much like it reacts to real sugar. Aspartame can cause elevated blood glucose and insulin levels.

While diet soda may taste sweet, our brains are not fooled. If we are not satisfied by our diet drink, we will reach for something else. We end up chasing the soda with something high calorie to get the fix we are looking for!  Researchers at the Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio tracked 464 people for nine years. They measured their weight, waist circumference, and diet soda intake every 3 years. The waists of those 464 people who drank diet soft drinks grew 70% more than those who did not.

More bad news…

The American Academy of Neurology released a study recently involving 263,925 people between the ages of 50 and 71. They discovered that participants who drank more than four servings of diet soda per day were 30% more likely to develop depression than participants who did not drink soda at all. Researchers fear that that aspartame may be to blame. Studies have also shown artificial sweeteners to cause bladder cancer and brain tumors in lab animals. Other side effects include dizziness, memory loss, diarrhea, headaches, anxiety attacks, joint pain and mood changes. More studies have linked diet soda drinkers with increased risk of having a stroke, or developing metabolic syndrome which can lead to cardiovascular disease, especially in men.

All sodas are acidic and excess acid is hard on the digestive system. Conditions such as acid reflux, indigestion and ulcers can be exacerbated by drinking sodas, diet or otherwise. Increased soda consumption has also been linked to osteoporosis. Sodas are known to lead to lower calcium and increased phosphate in the blood which weakens the bones. In addition, diet sodas are high in sodium which may also affect the calcium on your bones.

Let’s get off the diet soda merry-go round!

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