Interestingly, a few recent studies actually associate diet soda intake with increased health risk.
- The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio found that people who drink diet soda are likely to gain, not lose, weight.
- Diet soda drinkers in the Framingham Heart Study were at high risk for weight gain and symptoms of the Metabolic Syndrome, such as elevated blood sugar levels.
- Researchers at Purdue University found that rats fed artificial sweeteners gained more weight than rats fed "sugary foods."
“Data from this and other prospective studies suggest that the promotion of diet sodas and artificial sweeteners as healthy alternatives may be ill-advised,” said study researcher Helen P. Hazuda, professor at the University of Texas’s school of medicine. “They may be free of calories, but not of consequences.”
Artificial Sweeteners confuses your body, they have more intense flavor than real sugar, so over time products like diet soda dull our senses to naturally sweet foods like fruit, says Brooke Alpert, RD, author of The Sugar Detox. Even more troubling, these sugar stand-ins have been shown to have the same effect on your body as sugar. "Artificial sweeteners trigger insulin, which sends your body into fat storage mode and leads to weight gain," Alpert says.
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.
Early studies suggest that artificial sweetener may trigger headaches in some people. A recent study presented at a the American Academy of Neurology meeting found that over the course of 10 years, people who drank more than four cups or cans of soda a day were 30% more likely to develop depression than those who steered clear of sugary drinks.
Diet soda has NO nutritional Value and harms your body. What to drink instead? Clean, pure water. Try adding 1 drop of pure essential lemon oil for taste and to help cleanse the liver and detox your body!