Use of diet sodas, sweetened with non-caloric sweeteners such as aspartame, sucralose and saccharin, has increased enormously over the last twenty-five years, as consumers try to steer clear of sugar and high fructose corn syrup. About 30 percent of American adults regularly consume these sweeteners. But a recent review study by Susie Swithers, Purdue University professor of psychological sciences and a behavioral neuroscientist, found that consumption of diet soft drinks increases the likelihood of overeating.
One large study found that people who drink artificially sweetened sodas are more likely to experience weight gain than those who drink non-diet sodas. Other studies found that those who drink diet soda have twice the risk of developing metabolic syndrome, often a precursor to cardiovascular disease, than those who abstained (Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism, 24(9):431–441, September 2013).🖨️ Print post
Jan Monahan says
Even though I do agree that diet soda is not a particularly healthy choice, I read recently (I believe it was in the Prevention magazine) that there are opposing views as to whether consumption of diet sodas actually will result in weight gain. It would appear that this is still up for discussion!
I do not recommend anyone drink diet sodas. They are filled with poison. The artificial sugars are the similar makeup of formaldehyde, which is said to preserve the deceased body. Why would anyone put that poisonous substance into their living body? When I think of the poisons individual put into their bodies everyday it is kind of like thinking about an obese person going to a local fast food restaurant and order the largest meal they can order with a “diet” soda. The simplicity of actually making your own food is lost on today’s civilization. Quick and easy is the new norm.