diet-soda bad for diet10 Reasons To Ditch Your ‘Diet’ Fizzy Drinks For Good

Wake up and smell the cola…

 

 

 

 

 

1. It confuses your body…

Artificial sweeteners have more intense flavour than real sugar, so over time, products like diet fizzy drinks dull our senses to naturally sweet foods like fruit. These sugar stand-ins have been shown to have the same effect on your body as sugar. Artificial sweeteners trigger insulin, which sends your body into fat storage mode and leads to weight gain.

 

2. It could lead to weight gain, not weight loss…

Diet fizzy drinks are calorie-free, but they won’t help you lose weight. Researchers from the University of Texas found that over the course of about a decade, diet fizzy drinks drinkers had a 70% greater increase in waist circumference compared with non-drinkers. Participants who drank 2 or more drinks a day experienced a 500% greater increase. The way artificial sweeteners confuse the body may play a part.

 

3. It’s associated with an increased risk of Type 2 Diabetes…

Drinking one diet fizzy drink a day was associated with a 36% increased risk of Metabolic Syndrome and diabetes at a University of Minnesota Study. Metabolic Syndrome describes a cluster of conditions (including high blood pressure, elevated glucose levels, raised cholesterol and large waist circumference) that put people at risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

 

4. It has no nutritional value…

When you drink diet fizzy drinks, you’re not taking in any calories – but you’re also not swallowing anything that does your body good either. The best no-calorie beverage? Plain old water. Water is essential for many of our bodily processes, so replacing it with diet drinks is a negative thing.

 

5. Its sweetener is linked to headaches…

Early studies on aspartame and anecdotal evidence suggests that this artificial sweetener may trigger headaches in some people, especially migraines.

 

6. It will ruin your smile over time…

Excessive fizzy drink drinking could ruin your smile, according to a case study published in the journal of General Dentistry. The research compared the mouths of a cocaine-user, a methamphetamine-user and a habitual diet fizzy drink- drinker and found the same level of tooth erosion in each of them. The culprit here is citric acid, which weakens and destroys tooth enamel over time.

 

7. It makes drinking more dangerous…

Using diet fizzy drinks as a low-calorie cocktail mixer has the dangerous effect of getting you drunk faster than sugar-sweetened beverages, according to research from Northern Kentucky University. The study revealed that participants who consumed cocktails mixed with diet drinks had a higher breath alcohol concentration than those who drank alcohol blended with sugared beverages. The researchers believe this is because our bloodstream absorbs artificial sweetener more quickly than sugar.

 

8. It’s associated with depression…

A recent study presented at the American Academy of Neurology meeting found that over the course of 10 years, people who drank more than 4 cups or cans of diet fizzy drinks a day were 30% more likely to develop depression than those who steered clear of sugary drinks. The correlation held true for both regular and diet drinks, but researchers were sure to note that the risk appeared to be greater for those who primarily drank diet fizzy drinks.

9. It may be bad for your bones…

Women over 60 are already at a greater risk for osteoporosis than men and Tufts University researchers found that drinking diet fizzy drinks compounds the problem. They discovered that female cola drinkers had 4% lower bone mineral density in their hips than women who didn’t drink soda. The research even controlled the participants calcium and Vitamin D intake. Additionally, a 2006 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that cola intake (all kinds, not just diet), was associated with low bone-mineral density in women.

 

10. It may hurt your heart…

Just one diet soft drink a day could boost your risk of having a vascular event such as stroke, heart attack, or vascular death, according to researchers from the University of Miami and Columbia University. Their study found that diet fizzy drink drinkers were 43% more likely to have experienced a vascular event than those who drank none. Regular fizzy drink drinkers did not appear to have an increased risk of vascular events.

 

So if I can’t have my fizzy drinks, can I drink Soda Water instead? I really like that fizzing sensation you see…

Soda Water contains phosphoric acid which can damage tooth enamel. It also contains high amount of sodium (salt) which can higher blood pressure. Also, Soda Water has gas in it, which can cause bloating, but overall, it is a better option.