Natural Society – Elizabeth Renter: News Flash: Review Finds Diet Soda to be Health Destroyer

soda diet 263x164 News Flash: Review Finds Diet Soda to be Health Destroyer

Written by Elizabeth Renter, Natural Society,

It’s hardly surprising to learn that diet soda is dangerous or that it “may  do more harm than good. We’ve been reporting on the dangers of diet soda here  for a long while now. Well, recently researchers from Purdue reviewed a  dozen studies all published within the last five years on the health risks of  consuming diet soda. They published their findings in an opinion  piece in Trends  in Endocrinology & Metabolism (pdf);  it was there they revealed their “shock” over their  findings.

“Honestly, I thought that diet soda would be marginally better compared to  regular soda in terms of health,” said the author Susan Swithers. “But in  reality it has a counterintuitive effect…We’ve gotten to a place where it is  normal to drink diet soda because people have the false impression that it is  healthier than indulging in a regular soda. But research is now very clear that  we need to also be mindful of how much fake sugar they are  consuming.”

The researchers wrote:

“The negative impact of consuming sugar-sweetened beverages on weight and  other health outcomes has been increasingly recognized; therefore, many people  have turned to high-intensity sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose, and  saccharin as a way to reduce the risk of these consequences. However,  accumulating evidence suggests that frequent consumers of these sugar  substitutes may also be at increased risk of excessive weight gain, metabolic  syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular  disease.”

As a result, they set out to discuss the previous findings and attempt to  explain how diet soda does serious damage to the body.

Read: Is  Diet Soda Bad for You?

The researchers suggest that diet sodas trick the body into thinking it has  consumed sugar. It confuses the normal reactions that follow sugar ingestion  (blood sugar regulation, etc.). This leads the body to further confusion and  malfunction when actual sugar is consumed, resulting in unregulated blood sugar,  blood pressure fluctuations, and changes in metabolism.

Also, because these super-sweet sweeteners overload the pleasure centers of  the brain, it essentially dampens them requiring you to indulge in more  calorie-laden, sweeter foods to fulfill this growing need.

Following the published piece, the American Beverage Association lashed out,  reminding people the article was an opinion and not a scientific study, never  mind that it was an opinion piece that investigated several scientific  studies.

The association said sugar substitutes are “safe and effective” tools in  weight loss and management. They didn’t address the research that says these  sweeteners increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, regardless  of weight.

Another study published  in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of  Nephrology found a strong positive correlation  between degeneration of kidney function and consumption of  aspartame-containing diet soda.

It’s time to give up the diet soda and move toward purified water. This  decision will have a profound positive impact on your health. Need help in  giving up diet soda and artificial sweeteners altogether? Read more here:

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