The latest controversy surfing the Internet – Diet soda is
bad for you? After years of switching from the sugar-filled drinks to the diet
alternative, are the diet options now unhealthy too?
Diet drinks lead to weight gain in the long run
Diet sodas contain artificial sweeteners that provide 0
calories as opposed to the regular soda filled with an average of 150 calories
worth of sugar. These alternatives aim to cut down our sugar and calorie
levels. Research has been studying the effect of artificial sweeteners on our
Some studies have found that drinking diet soda leads to an
increase in weight, waist circumference and possibly diabetes. One theory suggests that the sweetness of
artificial sweeteners and their lack of calories disrupt the food pathway
system, tricking our body and it’s signals and increasing sugar cravings.
When studying weight gain in humans, the habit of eating
while drinking diet soda can also play a role in gaining weight. You may be
drinking diet soda along with their high energy and fat meals (the diet coke
and big mac idea), which can lead to weight gain. This could also be
psychological where you choose to eat an extra burger since you know you are
going light on the drink. In both cases these aren’t good for your health,
however it’s not the diet soda causing the weight gain!
On the other side of the spectrum a recent study has found
that ingesting artificial sweetener did not increase blood sugar levels or
insulin levels significantly in humans.
We should also consider that a majority of the evidence
comes from studies on mice, which do not directly translate to humans.
Therefore, more evidence is needed to study the effect of artificial sweeteners
on our functions.
This has been mentioned before that water is the best and
most nutritious choice of hydration as it is needed for bodily functions and
has 0 calories. Although diet soda may be a better alternative to shed off some
sugar, both regular soda and diet soda (although calorie-free) do not provide
any nutritional value. Additionally they both contain other ingredients that
can affect your teeth and bones. Remember, moderation is key when wanting to
indulge in your favorite drink!