For those of you who love your diet-Pepsi, crave cream soda and can’t have a meal without your CocaCola, there is bad news. Many dieters depend on diet drinks and sodas when following a weight loss plan. It seems logical and the right thing to do: cut back on your sugar intake and reduce daily calories. It’s all so easy, especially when diet sodas allow you to experience the same great taste as a regular soda, as well as the caffeine high, without getting excess calories.
The Truth about Diet Drinks and Sodas
We all know that sugar is often considered the enemy and as a result, sugar-free diet plans have people using artificial sweeteners as a sugar alternative. Artificial sweeteners are sweet like sugar and manufacturers boast that the product has no calories, offers no insulin surge and no side effects, though the latter has yet to be proven. Our Food Facts research has indicated that, on the downside, some people now believe that their illnesses have been caused by drinking diet sodas with all of their added chemicals and preservatives.
Researchers at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center found that there is a 41% increase in risk of being overweight for every can of diet soda you consume each day. The study found that diet soda drinkers gained more weight than those who drank regular soda, with one reason claiming that diet soda fools your body into thinking it’s getting calories and when it doesn’t get the calories, it craves them. This may lead you to eat more when you drink diet instead of regular soda. Additionally, diet sodas have caffeine, which act as a diuretic, leaving your body dehydrated. You confuse thirst with hunger and turn to food to solve the problem. The caffeine addiction alone leaves you feeling sluggish and anxious.
The Dangers of Aspartame and Other Artificial Sweeteners
It is now believed that aspartame might cause what is now known as “aspartame disease,” which can become toxic because it promotes the formation of formaldehyde agents. Some claim that this artificial sweetener can cause long-term damage over the course of time to your body. Additionally, reports are increasing, claiming that diet sodas, including artificial sweeteners, chemicals, preservatives and caffeine are the cause of major illnesses.
Soft drink studies also show that aspartame also stimulates the appetite, causing you to crave more calories and therefore gain weight.
Carbonation is another problem. The carbonation in diet sodas thought by some to be generally unhealthy for the body because it throws your system into a pH imbalance which then becomes acidic. To lose weight, the body needs to be at a 7.4 pH, which is slightly alkaline. Too much acidity prevents natural detoxification; thus halting fat loss. These aren’t the right conditions for weight loss.
Essentially, diet drinks and diet sodas are not ideal for anyone wanting to lose weight. These drinks can cause thirst and hunger. The bottom line is to not allow the word “diet” fool you into thinking that diet sodas are a healthy alternative to aid your weight loss. In fact, diet sodas can have the exact opposite affect and cause you to gain weight.
If you are struggling with an addiction to diet soda or other diet drinks, it’s best to get them out of your system completely and drink purified water throughout the day. This will purge your system of the ill effects of artificial sweeteners, chemicals, preservatives and caffeine. Eat healthy organic and whole foods and snacks in regular intervals to avoid becoming overly hungry, and exercise for a natural boost to get you through the day, without relying on caffeine.
As always, Food Facts advises consumers to conduct their own independent research and form their own opinions.