Diet soda effects on health
Ironically diet soda doesn’t do what people expect it to do. It’s neither a healthier option than regular soda, nor does it help people lose weight, according to researchers at Purdue University.
After studying the effects of drinking diet soda researcher believe that drinks with artificial sweeteners should have the same warning from health officials as their sugary counterparts.
Beverages are becoming a political issue, as government officials look into regulating and taxing sodas and other sugary drinks to limit their consumption. Diet sodas should be regulated alongside regular ones as science points out that they are just as unhealthy.
According to a 2009 study in the journal Diabetes Care, people who drink diet soda are twice as likely to develop metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. Artificial sweeteners have been found to alter both gut microbes and the brain gut connection, which in turn affects metabolism.
When researchers fed mice zero-calorie sweeteners found in these drinks, including saccharin, aspartame and sucralose, they developed glucose intolerance.
Also people who drink diet soda tend to over eat because it confuses the body’s ability to manage calories. Not only do they become hungry but also thirsty for more diet soda.
Diet soda consumption has also been linked to depression and kidney damage. Drinking four or more cans of diet soda per day increases the risk of depression by 30 percent. And it’s not the caffeine that’s the issue because people who drink 4 cups of coffee have a 10 percent lower chance of developing depression.
The combination of caffeine and artificial sweeteners, like aspartame, in some sodas create a short addictive high similar to that of cocaine. And is just as likely to over stimulate your brain.
Diet soda also reduces kidney function by 30 percent. And daily diet soda consumption has been linked to cardiovascular disease by researchers from the University of Miami and Columbia University. A study that followed 2,000 diet soda drinkers showed a higher likelihood of dying from cardiovascular disease.
Here’s another surprising fact about consuming both regular and diet soda, it increases risk of developing asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). And the more soda a person drinks, the higher the risk. An Australian study found that 13.3 people with asthma and 15.6 people with COPD drink 2 diet sodas a day.
Aspartame in particular is damaging to the brain because it chips away at its protective antioxidant defense system. It is no wonder that Aspartame is linked to brain-centered diseases like epilepsy, brain tumors, Alzheimers, ADHD and depression.
And it comes as no surprise to anyone, that both diet and regular soda have a negative effect on teeth. They are nearly as corrosive to dental enamel as battery acid.
So the next time you think about drinking a diet soda because it’s healthier or better for your weight, think again. Go for a glass of water, a less sugary drink or if you want something fizzy, a probiotic rich Kombucha.
A full body cleanse can eliminate the toxins from artificial sweeteners and help significantly reduce sugar cravings for soda.
The 21-Day Body makeover focuses on balancing blood sugar with protein and whole food nutrition so you don’t have energy dips and the need for something sweet to keep you going.
Some of the things that also off set the craving for sweet is indulging in sour foods like lemon water and fermented foods.
After 21 Days most people’s taste for sugar will change. The less sugar you eat the less you crave it. And even diet soda’s will begin to taste too sweet.