Many of us consume diet soda, believing that it can help our body to lose weight.
Even the most of us think that this drink is much safer choice than other soda drinks.
But unfortunately, the truth is different.
According to a Purdue researcher, public health officials should warn people not to consume diet soda, just like they avoid regular, sugar-sweetened soda.
Susan E. Swithers, Ph.D. is a professor of psychological sciences and a behavioral neuroscientist at Purdue.
She says that we should limit the intake of all sweeteners, including no-calorie sweeteners.
She reviewed recent studies which examined the effects of diet soda and found that 30 percent of American adults and 15 percent of American children consume artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, sucralose, and saccharin.
“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.”
Apparently, artificial sweeteners have their dark side.
They can confuse your body’s natural ability to manage calories based on tasting something sweet and you can consume sweet foods in excess.
This will lead to a twice increased risk of metabolic syndrome.
Diet Soda Linked To Many Health Problems:
Diet soda can cause many serious health problems, including:
1. Type 2 Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
One study from 2009 published by The journal Diabetes Care showed that the consumption of diet soda is linked to a 36 % higher risk of getting metabolic syndrome and a 67 % raised risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Artificial sweeteners interfere with the gut-brain connection, leading to metabolic derangements.
Another team of experts (Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel), found that these drinks have abilities to change your gut microbes.
And this can lead to higher risk of metabolic diseases.
They fed mice with zero-calorie sweeteners found in these drinks, such as saccharin, aspartame, and sucralose, and they developed glucose intolerance.
The intake of more than 4 cans of soda a day is related to a 30 percent higher risk of depression, while the consumption of 4 cups of coffee provides protective effects and reduces the risk of depression by 10 percent.
3. Compromised Lungs
Diet soda drinks can raise the risk of getting asthma and COPD symptoms.
According to one Australian study, 13.3 % of surveyed participants with asthma and 15.6 percent of those with COPD consumed more than 2 cups of soda regularly each day.
4. Kidney Damage
Experts at Harvard examined people who consumed soda drinks for more than 20 years and showed that the long-term diet soda drinking leads to a 30 % greater reduction in kidney function.
5. Cardiovascular And Heart Problems
A study conducted at the University of Miami and Columbia University involved over 2,000 adults for 10 years and found that those who consumed these drinks had a higher risk of heart attacks and stroke, and had more chances to die with death caused by heart diseases.
A Less Protected Brain
Aspartame, which is a common artificial sweetener in these drinks, has been found to damage the brain’s antioxidant defense system, so its long-term intake causes an imbalance in the antioxidant/pro-oxidant status in the brain, mostly via t the mechanism containing the glutathione-dependent system.
Studies also shows that the diet soda is linked to these diseases, too:
- Brain tumors
- Migraines and headaches
- Chemical sensitivities
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Weight gain
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Hearing loss
- Short term memory loss
- Multiple sclerosis
- Birth defects
According to this, every one of us has to be very careful with the consumption of diet soda.
It is more than clear that these drinks are far from healthy alternative to the regular soda drinks.
They actually cause different health problems, including heart damage, metabolic disorders, and weight gain.
In case you enjoy fizzy drinks, we suggest a much healthier option: homemade fizzy turmeric ginger ale soda drink!
Sources: www.healthyfoodhouse.com, draxe.com.