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The Dangers Of Drinking Diet Soda

August 23,2018 / 0 Comments / The Dangers Of Drinking Diet Soda

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:

  1. Drink Water: Hands down, the best thing you can drink is water. Being well hydrated makes you feel better, perform better in the gym, it elevates your metabolism, and increases other functions such as joint lubrication, digestive functions and even gives you shiny hair and glowing skin. A new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that switching from sugary drinks to water can lead to a weight loss of 5% of your body weight or more in only six months.
  2. Drink Green tea: Another metabolic booster, green tea increases your fat burning, helps prevents obesity and lowers levels of blood sugars and fat. Hydrate with some green tea and reap the antioxidant benefits of this great health booster.
  3. Try one of the new flavored sugar free waters such as La Croix. You get all the benefits of drinking water with the feel of a soda, without the risks.

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,

Unni Greene,

C.M.T., C.S.N.S.