All of us have heard some kind of speculation as what diet soda does to our body. It is not a healthy drink, despite the fact that it is labeled as “diet”.
Researchers say that people should avoid drinking diet soda, as they avoid the regular soda, which we know for a fact that it is a sweetened drink. Susan E. Swithers, Ph.D., a professor of psychological sciences at Purdue, and a behavioral neuroscientist says that they as researchers and scientists have an obligation to warn people about the side-effects of this drink.
Scientific studies discovered that this drink is full of aspartame, sucralose and saccharin, and the sad part is that there are many advertisements on TV, radio and the internet that advertise these drinks as healthy, when in fact, they are very dangerous. The ones that actually like this type of drinks should always limit their intake because they are risking their own health.
When we ingest artificial sweeteners, our body becomes somewhat confused and it can no longer manage the calories. Individuals who ingest too many artificial sweeteners have an increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome, as well as many other diseases.
Health issues that the consumption of diet soda can cause:
If you drink more than four cans of soda per day, you are increasing the risk of developing depression by a whopping 30 percent. People that drink diet soda have an even greater risk of depression! Because of the fact that two cups of coffee per day will help you decrease the chances of developing depression by 10 percent, you should consider drinking coffee instead of soda.
Consuming diet soda drinks for an extended period of time will decrease the function of our kidneys by 30 percent. This has been proven with the help of a scientific study, which examined people that were drinking diet soda for more than 20 years.
Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
A study conducted in 2009, proved that people who drank diet soda had 67 percent more chances of developing type 2 diabetes, and a 36 percent increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome.
The reason for that is the artificial sweeteners that will confuse the link between the gut and the brain, which will lead to metabolic derangements. Because of that, there are cases where people are actually becoming glucose intolerant.
A study conducted in early 2010, concluded that diet soda can make people suffer from stroke or heart attack if they have been consuming diet soda for more than ten years. The appearance of other cardiovascular problems is also possible.
Consuming high amounts of diet soda can make you develop COPD symptoms or asthma. This risk is only increased with the amount of soda that you drink.
Reduced brain protection
Diet sodas are packed with aspartame, which is a common artificial sweetener. This artificial sweetener can actually mix with the human brain and it can cause an imbalance in the levels of antioxidants that are located there.
Aspartame can also lead to:
- Weight gain
- Headaches and migraines
- Brain tumors
- Multiple sclerosis
- Short-term memory loss
- Hearing loss
- Hearing loss
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Birth defects
- Parkinson’s disease
- Chemical sensitivity
The bottom line is that you should never think that diet soda is actually healthier than regular soda drink, just because of the fact that is labeled “diet”. Rest assured, it will not make you lose weight, instead, it will lead to the appearance of heart diseases, it will damage your metabolic system, and it will make you gain weight.