Wednesday, December 28, 2011
The Danger of Diet Soda
The typical diet beverage is artificially sweetened with aspartame and has a few other synthetic chemicals, usually for flavor and color.
You wont get fat, and you won't struggle to lose weight, if you avoid these diet drinks. Get that inside your head very firmly. Nobody ever failed a weight loss plan because he or she avoided those sugar free, artificially sweetened drinks.
Diet beverages are bad for you, and this was clearly shown in two studies, the conclusions having been presented not too long ago at a meeting in San Diego that was for the American Diabetes Association.
In one study, over 400 drinkers of diet soda were tracked for 10 years. Their waist sizes ballooned 70 percent more than non-diet soda drinkers. "They may be free of calories but not of consequences," says Dr. Helen Hazuda, professor of medicine at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
The second study looked at two groups of mice: One group ate food tainted with artificial sweeteners, and the other group ate normal food. The artificial-sweetener group had higher blood sugar levels.
Chronically high blood sugar (but not high enough to be considered diabetes) is a precursor to diabetes. "Artificial sweeteners could have the effect of triggering appetite, but unlike regular sugars, they don't deliver something that will squelch the appetite." explains Sharon Fowler, co-author of both studies.
Healthy drink options include water, herbal teas, and juiced fruits and vegetables. Skim organic milk, kefir, and pomegranate juice are also better options.
Source: On Fitness Journal, January 2012
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