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Diet Sodas Drive You To Consume More Calories

Are we really the best judges of what we consume? Do we analyze the pros and cons before deciding what we eat and drink? In our attempt to do good to our body, is there a possibility that we may be doing more harm?
 

In an age where fast food is the easiest and most preferred option, many of us try to enjoy the good things about junk foods while still ensuring that we do not consume the large amount of calories stocked up in them. We select products marketed by various companies that guarantee the same. One of these is diet soda. If you thought diet sodas are the perfect alternative to give you the energy boost you need in a fizzy drink that doesn’t make you feel guilty about all the extra calories, think again!
 
Let’s look at some important reasons why we must not be totally ignorant about our unmonitored levels of diet soda consumption. It may say ‘diet’ on the can, but there sure is more than meets the eye!
 
Setting wrong expectations
 
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Diet sodas contain artificial sweeteners. Companies use this as their selling point to convince consumers that artificial sweeteners are a better and healthier alternative to natural sweeteners. Unfortunately, this is not true. Artificial sweeteners have the exact same effect on our body as natural sweeteners like sugar. Consuming drinks with artificial sweeteners enhances the levels of insulin present in the blood and this leads the body to store fat, thus increasing body weight.
 
Numbing our sense reactors to natural sweeteners
 
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Over time, consumption of sodas and other drinks that include artificial sweeteners numb our senses to natural sweeteners present in fruits. This is caused due to our senses being heightened by the concentrated sweet flavor used in artificial sweeteners. Once our body gets accustomed to artificial sweeteners, we are unable to enjoy natural and healthy sweet foods. Unknowingly, we drift away from eating healthy foods and fruits. Put down that can of diet soda and settle for a chilled iced tea instead.
 
Weakening of bones
 
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Most sodas contain the harmful chemical compound phosphoric acid. Various studies have proven consumption of foods containing phosphoric acid contribute to the weakening of bones. An occasional soda once in a while won’t do much harm, but if consumed in large quantities or on a regular basis, this could have some adverse effects on your overall health. It doesn’t matter if it’s just soda or diet soda. The compound is present in either of them.
 
Diet sodas contribute to weight gain
 
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Yes, you read that right! Diet sodas are often consumed as an alternative to normal sodas with the idea that avoiding heavy sugar consumption means avoiding that extra weight gain. Diet sodas actually can lead to weight increase. So if you’re working towards losing weight, it’s better to quit drinking sodas all together. You could, instead, settle for natural sweet drinks like fruit juices or fruit pulps. They may lack the fizzy temptation that sodas offer, but they are a safer bet when it comes to living a healthy life.
 
Increases the risk of strokes and heart attacks
 
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One of the main chemicals used in diet sodas is aspartame. Not many know this fact, but the consumption of aspartame can significantly increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other heart related ailments. Scientists are further studying the relation between the consumption of diet sodas and the increase in cardiovascular ailments, as there have been more problems than solutions to date. Scientists believe that there is a stronger connection between people who drink diet sodas and have heart problems than those who do not.
 
Quitting sodas, especially cola drinks, is a perfect decision. Hard to make, but if you’re successful in quitting, you’ve just helped yourself to a healthier and a longer life.
 

 

Soda Is Bad For Your Health, Even Diet Soda!

While a majority of Americans understand that soda is bad for them, 48% of surveyed people still drink soda regularly! And the most surprising find was that soda drinkers have a daily intake of 2.6 glasses daily.
 
We all know soft drinks are bad for us and it can ruin our health. But do we know exactly why it’s bad for us? Let’s find out.
 
The Chicken Bone Experiment
 
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The “chicken bone in soda” is a science experiment developed to teach children the negative effects of the fizzy drink. In this experiment, the chicken bone is left in a bowl of soda for several days and you can see the changes that are caused to the chicken bone by the soda – it becomes weaker and weaker. The point of this experiment is to teach us that soda can make our bones weak and brittle; making us susceptible to breaks and fractures. However, since soda is digested in humans, it cannot directly weaken our bones, but it can directly damage our teeth.
 
Weight Increase
 
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The two most dreaded words for any adult – weight increase. Soda is known to be loaded with sugar and as shown by consumption patterns, it is easy to drink in a short period of time. While this happens over a long period of time, a 20-year study on 120,000 participants revealed that people who increased their intake per day by one 12 ounce serving, gained more weight over time (an extra pound every 4 years). In the long run, weight increase and obesity can cause a number of problems like cancer and early death.
 
Increased Risk of Diabetes
 
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Researchers have found a direct link (in the long term) in the form that, those who drink more soda have an 80% increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
 
We try to appease ourselves by going on a diet – consuming diet-soda instead of the regular variety. However, it may not be as healthy as you’d think.
 
Diet-soda Weight Increase
 
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The difference between regular and diet soda is the addition of unnatural sweeteners. Unnatural sweeteners cause an insulin release, which sends our bodies into fat deposits mode and subsequently causes weight increase. A Health Science Center at The University of Texas study corroborated the results, finding that more diet soda leads to more weight increase. Why? Synthetic sweeteners are now known to disrupt the body’s innate ability to regulate calorie ingestion based on the varying sweetness of foods.
 
Diet Soda and Risk of Increased Diabetes
 
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Drinking one serving of diet soda a day has been linked with a 36% increased risk of metabolic syndrome and diabetes as discovered in a University of Minnesota study. Metabolic syndrome is a bunch of conditions – including raised cholesterol, high BP, elevated glucose levels, along with large waist perimeter that increases the risk for heart ailments, stroke, and diabetes.
 
Kidney Problems
 
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In numerous scientific studies, it has been proven that diet soda can cause kidney damage. Surprisingly, kidney functionality decline was not linked with regular soda, so scientists associate it to the addition of unnatural sweeteners.
 
Damage to Cells
 
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Diet sodas have additional ingredients that many normal sodas do not – mold inhibitors. They are generally known by the names of potassium benzoate or sodium benzoate, and are present in almost all diet sodas. Many normal sodas do not contain this additive making cell damage a side effect only linked with diet sodas.
 
Basically what we are saying is that both versions of soda are bad for you. Sodas cause a plethora of health issues including obesity, increased risk of diabetes, tooth decay, weaker bones, reproductive issues, and many more. Substitute your soda intake with water, fresh juices, or anything non-carbonated. Your body will thank you in the long run!