Have you been drinking diet soda or other artificially sweetened drinks to avoid extra calories? It sounds like a good idea, right? The reality is it tends to come along with other risks that may endanger your health. Artificially sweetened beverages, such as diet soda, are commonly considered “benign” because they contribute no energy and few nutrients to the diet… Thus, diet soda consumption may result in over-consumption, increased body weight, and consequent metabolic dysfunction.
There is also research showing that consuming artificially sweetened food can lead to an increase in cravings for more sweets. The more artificially sweetened food and drinks you consume, the more sweets you crave. Artificial sweeteners trigger insulin spikes, which sends your body into fat storage mode and leads to weight gain, just like consuming drinks sweetened with sugar.
Drinking one diet soda a day was associated with a 36% increased risk of metabolic syndrome and diabetes in a University of Minnesota study. Metabolic syndrome describes a cluster of conditions including high blood pressure, elevated glucose levels, raised cholesterol, and large waist circumference that put people at high risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes Here’s how to avoid the health problems that come in a soda can:
Bottom line, drinking diet soda to save some calories is not only a poor choice, but can be detrimental to your health and weight management. Even just one a day can put you at a higher risk of metabolic diseases like heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
To your health,