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Diet Soda Drawbacks

Published on 4/13/2019
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Summer's on its way, and I bet you are thinking about dieting so you can drop some pounds by July.  And I can almost bet that you're thinking about replacing the regular soda that you've been drinking with diet soda. Right?



Well.... such a substitute may seem as if it is a healthier choice compared to the sugared sodas that you have been drinking, but there are many  drawbacks associated with diet sodas that you may not be aware of. 

Discussed below are some of the reasons why that diet soda may not be the answer that you are looking for.

>>  Artificial Sweetener, Aspartame, Has Cause Headaches

Many diet drinks are sweetened with aspartame which is 160 to 200 times sweeter than sugar.  Although aspartame has received the approval of such agencies as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, and American Dietetic Association, it is still being studied for its efficacy. 

In fact, there are several experts who are currently recommending that people avoid consuming aspartame. In his article titled Aspartame: 11 Dangers of This All-Too-Common Food Additive, Dr. Josh Axe offers a few of the dangers of aspartame. He notes that aspartame  


1. May be linked to cancer of the liver, lung, breast, prostate, and brain, just to name a few

2. May lead to or exacerbate diabetes

3. May increase the risk of heart attack or stroke

4. May increase the risk of kidney disease

5. May possibly "contribute to fibromyalgia"


>> Diet Soda Puts You At A Higher Risk Of Metabolic Syndrome

According to the Framingham Heart Study from the Harvard School of Public Health, diet soda drinkers are 36% more likely to suffer from metabolic syndrome.

When you have metabolic syndrome, according to Dr. Axe, your body is seriously malfunctioning. He writes:

This cluster of conditions includes high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess belly fat and high cholesterol/triglyceride levels, and marks a dramatic increase in the risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. (Aspartame: 11 Dangers of This All-Too-Common Food Additive)

>> Consuming Diet Soda Leads To Weight Gain

There are a number of different ways that consuming diet soda leads to weight gain. First, it leads you to believe that you are healthy. Since you are choosing a zero-calorie drink, you are more likely to feel as if there is nothing wrong with choosing to eat an entire bag of chips or a carbohydrate heavy muffin since you are saving calories.

Second, when our bodies receive something sweet, it leads to our stomach muscles relaxing and waiting for something high in calories. Since diet soda contains no calories, our bodies are left disappointed and searching for calories.

Next, it trains you to crave more sweets. When you consume sweet beverages, and diet sodas are often anywhere from 400 times to 8000 times sweeter than regular soda, it often leads to a high preference for sweet foods in general.

Fourth, diet soda leads to weight gain because it causes you to store fat. A study done by the University of Texas discovered that individuals who regularly drank 2 or more diet sodas per day had much larger waist sizes than those who did not drink any at all, in fact their waists were six times bigger. This is because the super sweet artificial sweetener tricks your metabolism into thinking there is sugar on the way, which leads to a spike in insulin levels and causes the body to shift from a fat-burning state to a fat-storing state.

Diet Soda Lacks Nutritional Value

Finally, diet soda causes you to miss out on nutrition that is essential for your body. This is because you are making the choice to consume a beverage with no nutritional value instead of drinking something that has healthy components like tea or smoothies or even water.

Giving up sugar-filled sodas is a great step towards being healthier and losing weight unless you are replacing them with their diet counterparts.
While diet sodas seem like a great idea because they contain no calories and no sugar, they also contain no nutritional value and are likely going to be the reason you ultimately end up gaining weight instead of losing it.


Instead of replacing your soda with diet alternatives, choose to drink more water. If water seems to bland to you after being in the habit of drinking sugary drinks, you can spruce up your water with lemon or other fruits to make it more palatable.


To Your Success, Health and Wealth!
Patricia Reynolds
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