Dangers of Diet Soda

By on May 1, 2013

dangers of diet sodaWhen you’re trying to lose weight, you may find yourself craving something sweet and bubbly. Regular soda is obviously off limits, but what about dangers of diet soda? It has zero calories, and surely it’s better than drinking the real thing, right?

Unfortunately, the dangers of diet soda are significantly worse than for just splurging and drinking the real thing.

Some Dangers Of Diet Soda:

Increased Sugar Cravings and Food Consumption

Whenever you consume sugar, you run the risk of stimulating a taste for more. However, fake sugar causes even more problems.

Researchers have found that instead of leaving people less likely to crave sugar because they’ve enjoyed some diet soda, they’re actually more likely to want more sugar. If the body can’t have more sugar, then it wants more food to satisfy those cravings.

In “Diet Soda: Can It Actually Cause Weight Gain,” Fit Day states that most people tend to eat more food when they drink diet soda because the diet soda does not provide any signals that tell the brain to stop sending hungry signals.

In fact, they do precisely the opposite. The brain keeps sending hungry signals and requests for more sugar.

It doesn’t matter whether the diet soda is a health drink or not. This may be difficult to keep in mind since most people tend to assume that if it says diet or health that it must be good.

However, health foods can be laced with all kinds of unhealthy additives, preservatives, and high levels of sugar. It’s important that you avoid these. Diet sodas aren’t the only things you want to avoid. There are many other so-called health foods that can cause similar problems.

Slowed Metabolism and Lowered Immune System

When you drink diet soda, you not only slow your metabolism, you also lower your immune system. Both of these responses develop from the same issue. Diet soda is filled with artificial sweetener.

These artificial sweeteners result in increased inflammation from the traditional sugar products. In a study completed at the University of Texas, individuals who drank more than 16 ounces of diet soda had an increase in waist circumference of more than six times that of those who drink regular soda at the end of the ten years.

The weight gain focused around the belly. It similarly resulted in lowered immune system responses.

The other problem is that the diet soda is artificial in nature. It’s hard for the body to process it.

Additionally, your blood sugar levels shoot up in response to the artificial sugar. Since your body isn’t registering the presence of the diet soda, your body is still trying to get the nutrients it needs.

Unlike ice water and red pepper, which spur the metabolism forward, diet soda shuts it down.

Unfortunately, though researchers aren’t sure of all the precise reasons, diet soda’s link with a lowered immune system have also established links to other increased health risks.

One that causes the most concern a potential correlation between diet soda and stroke risk. Diabetes have likewise been linked, and individuals with fibromyalgia and diabetes often struggle with inflammation and pain after consuming diet soda according to the Mayo Clinic’s latest research.

Maybe Just a Little Bit?

Sometimes you can splurge just a little bit and enjoy a little stevia on some berries. However, diet soda is one of those things that you should not splurge on. If you must have something sweet, then look for something healthier.

Diet soda is one of the worst things that you can put in your body. So just stop before you pick it up. It isn’t worth your health, and there are other healthier options that you can use to supplement your meal instead of diet soda with water being one of the best.

 

 

 

References

“Study: Diet Soda Can Lead to Weight Gain,” CBS News, http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505269_162-57359222/study-diet-soda-can-lead-to-weight-gain/ (2012).

”Diet Soda: Can It Actually Cause Weight Gain?” Fit Day, http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/diet-soda-can-it-actually-cause-weight-gain.html (2012).

“Artificial Sweeteners and Other Sugar Substitutes,” Mayo Clinic, http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/artificial-sweeteners/MY00073 (2011).

 

About JessicaBFry

Jessica B. Fry has had a passion for writing and health since she was a child. In college, she studied Writing and Pre-Law as a double major before she went on to Regent University to obtain her J.D. She now practices law and works as a freelance writer in rural Indiana where she enjoys being with beloved family, friends, and pets. In her spare time, she works on graphology, writes short stories, and practices knife throwing. She and her husband enjoy exploring Indiana and the surrounding states in their free time and hope to one day complete a trip through every single one.

2 Comments

  1. holly

    June 2, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Please write an article about the new all organic naturally sweetened sodas like oogave, loca by oogave and zevia. These all have the cola taste. That was my sticking point. I could drink sparkling water all day but it was the cola taste that got me running back for more diet colas!

    • Tremba Michael

      June 3, 2013 at 10:21 am

      Holly–thanks for the thoughts. I’ve recently become aware at some of the alternatives, and I look forward to doing another follow-up article to this.

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