T​he effects of diet soda

I​s 'diet' soda really that deliciously healthy?

2y ago

T​he majority of the population loves diet soda. It boasts all the hype and taste of a sugary full-fat version without the calories, meaning people don't realise this 'diet' drink could pose more harm than expected.

While you may not be able to notice the difference between the two options, neither can your body. Long-term studies have found drinking diet drinks can increase your chances of suffering from Metabolic Syndrome. Let's break this down a little more:

W​hen we consume the artificial sweeteners present in 'diet' sodas, much like our taste buds, our bodies are tricked into believing it's real sugar. This messes with our own body's reaction to it. When those calories don't arrive from sugar, the insulin has nothing to store.

According to Business insider, "Scientists think that repeatedly tricking our body this way could explain why study after study keeps finding the same thing: that drinking diet soda is associated with metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a mix of conditions that includes: increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, and weight gain. Which can increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke."

I​n a study comparing diet soda drinkers to regular, it confirmed the diet drinkers were at a much higher risk of heart disease and strokes. Over an eight-year experiment, it was found that those who drank 21 diet beverages a week faced double the risk of obesity!

"You’re left unsatisfied and hangry. In the same way, artificial sweeteners can leave our brains wanting more, which studies have shown leads to increased appetite, and potential weight gain, in fruit flies, mice, and humans," says Business Insider.

S​o don't believe the hype. W​hat are your thoughts on 'diet' options?

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Comments (10)

  • Simple rule of thumb: do not drink anything that hasn't been around for at least 500 years.

      2 years ago
  • Ah right. This misrepresentation of the data keeps making the rounds.

    Here's a really well written (and superbly presented) dissertation about aspartame.


      2 years ago
  • Lighter than light mayo is the greatest invention ever. Just saying

      2 years ago
  • So sugar is good. Thanks. That's all I wanted.

      2 years ago