Most people choose artificially-sweetened soda over regular soda to avoid packing on extra pounds. I know you think you are doing the right thing by trying to avoid all the extra sugar, because regular is FULL of sugar. So how can diet soda and diet drinks making you fat and causing type 2 diabetes?
If losing weight were all about the calories, then consuming diet drinks would seem like a good idea. That’s exactly what the drink manufacturers want you to think! Coke proudly promotes the fact that it has 180 low-or no-calorie drinks,and that it has cut sales of sugared drinks in schools by 90 percent.
Sounds like a good thing, right? don’t think so. In fact, in my opinion, I think it may be worse to drink diet soda than regular soda! A fourteen-year study of 66,118 women published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (and supported by many previous and subsequent studies) discovered some frightening facts that should make us give up diet drinks forever.
- Diet sodas raised the risk of diabetes more than sugar-sweetened sodas.
- Women who drank one 12-ounce diet soda a week had a 33% increased risk of type 2 diabetes, and women who drank one 20-ounce soda a week had a 66% increased risk.
- Women who drank diet sodas drank twice as much as those women who drank regular sodas because artificial sweeteners are more addictive than regular sugar.
- The average diet soda drinker consumes three diet drinks a day.
If that’s not enough, there are a few more things you need to know about the perils of diet drinks:
- Artificial sweeteners confuse your metabolism and cause it to slow down, so you burn fewer calories every day. They actually make you hungrier and cause you to crave more sugar and starchy carbs.
- Artificial sweeteners trick your metabolism into thinking sugar is on its way. This causes your body to pump out insulin, which leads to more belly fat.
- Artificial sweeteners are hundred to thousands of times sweeter than regular sugar, activating our genetically programmed preference for sweetness more than any other substance.*
Bottom line-diet drinks are NOT good substitutes for regular sugar sweetened soda. The best thing you can do for yourself is kick the soda habit and drink water.
*excerpt from 10-Day Diet Detox