How diet soda might be making you fat (and rotting your teeth!)

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Health on Today has an interesting article called Diet Soda is Doing These 7 Awful Things to Your Body and any weight hackers out there who still drink the stuff should give it a read. For instance, although it’s called “diet” soda it might actually be contributing to your weight gain:

You read that right: Diet soda doesn’t help you lose weight after all. A University of Texas Health Science Center study found that the more diet sodas a person drank, the greater their risk of becoming overweight. Downing just two or more cans a day increased waistlines by 500%. Why? Artificial sweeteners can disrupt the body’s natural ability to regulate calorie intake based on the sweetness of foods, suggested an animal study from Purdue University. That means people who consume diet foods might be more likely to overeat, because your body is being tricked into thinking it’s eating sugar, and you crave more.

It could also be adding to your belly fat and increasing your cholesterol: “According to a 2008 University of Minnesota study of almost 10,000 adults, even just one diet soda a day is linked to a 34% higher risk of metabolic syndrome, the group of symptoms including belly fat and high cholesterol that puts you at risk for heart disease.”

Other terrible things it could be doing include rotting your teeth due to its high acidity, damaging your cells and causing your kidney function to decline. Not good, right?

I long ago stopped drinking beverages that are sweetened either naturally or artificially since even regular sweetener will spike your insulin and cause you to be hungry when you don’t really need food. If you simply must have a sweetened, carbonated beverage, consider getting something like a Sodastream so you can control what goes into your drink instead of letting soft drink makers decide. They’ll happily feed you massive quantities of sugar if they think it can help them sell more product.

My suggestion: Try putting chunks of fresh fruit in your Sodastream drink or even in your regular water pitcher to add a light touch of sweetener, which will help with the taste without adding to your belly fat, obesity, tooth decay, etc.

Posted October 21, 2012 @ 3:30 am | Tags: ,,

2 thoughts on “How diet soda might be making you fat (and rotting your teeth!)

    • As with all things when it comes to nutrition there are many variables to consider. Diet sodas might help many people and might not help many others. That’s one of the reasons in Weight Hacking I advocate defaulting to those behaviors that most consistently seem to help most people. One of them is simply learning not to forego heavily sweetened beverages whether they use natural or artificial sweetener.

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