There has been much controversy over the whole diet pop debate… I’m on a diet so it’s better than sugared soda.. I’m diabetic so it’s safe for me to have diet pop… I can’t stand water so diet pop is the next best thing… WRONG!
What a lot of people don’t realize is that diet pop can rapidly expedite the degeneration process leading to multiple health problems due to its potent cocktail of chemicals, carbonation and negative nutrient value.
It’s not a surprise that many people falsely believe that diet pop is actually ok for losing body fat, however several studies have shown that dedicated diet soda drinkers actually got FATTER than their regular soda drinking counterparts.
Specifically, findings from an 8-year University of Texas study said, “What didn’t surprise us was that total soft drink use was linked to overweight and obesity,” Fowler tells WebMD. “What was surprising was when we looked at people only drinking diet soft drinks, their risk of obesity was even higher.”
It was also reported that “There was a 41 percent increase in risk of being overweight for every can or bottle of diet soft drink a person consumes each day”.
Furthermore, what makes the whole diet-pop craze even worse is that many people may subconsciously think that because they are drinking “DIET” drinks, they can eat more of everything else, which results in consuming more calories overall.
There are also animal studies suggesting a link between vascular problems and caramel-containing products. Caramel is what gives sodas like Coke and Pepsi their dark color.
So WHY exactly do diet soft drinks make us overweight?
One of the main reasons for this is the artificial sweetener added to soft drinks because…
- Artificial sweeteners increase the neurotransmitter dopamine which tells your body to “do it again!”. As a result, this causes terrible cravings for more of the same, making it much harder to lose weight.
- Artificial sweeteners are highly addictive, causing you to crave more sweets and refined carbohydrates.
- Artificial sweeteners are highly damaging to the liver and the brain because the methyl alcohol in aspartame converts into formaldehyde, a deadly neurotoxin…. Which leads to:
- Numerous studies show it to cause major neurological damage with symptoms that include migraines, mental confusion, brain lesions, Alzheimer’s, and memory loss.
- Splenda, which is made by chlorinating sugar has been found to cause diarrhea, damage to organs, immune system and reproduction, swelling of the liver and kidneys and a decrease in fetal body weight.
- Splenda is an organochloride (a pesticide) and is not meant to be consumed. Organochlorides are very carcinogenic, damage the liver and can be a strong appetite stimulant.
Not only is diet pop linked to INCREASED difficulty in losing weight, a recent study has suggested diet sodas are also bad for your head and your heart. The study, which followed more than 2,500 New Yorkers for nine or more years, found that people who drank diet soda every day had a 61 percent higher risk of vascular events, including stroke and heart attack, than those who completely eschewed the diet drinks, according to researchers who presented their results today at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles (February 10, 2011) .
So what should you consume if you want to lose weight, feel better or live longer?
Well, be wary of many sugar-free claims on drinks and recipes as many rely on toxic artificial sweeteners. Often products that are marketed as “low calorie”, “lite”, “diet” or “sugar-free” are loaded with toxic additives and artificial sweeteners.
And if you’re serious about your health, soda of any kind – especially those containing artificial sweeteners – should be avoided except on rare occasions when you “must” have one… and if you must, try to choose one that is colorless (i.e. Club soda or non-diet 7-Up).
But what’s the best choice? Learn to love water – filtered or bottled water – and lots of it.
Your body will thank you for it.