Diet Soda: It’s Actually Bad For Your Diet

Aster Pheonyx - Author

Jul. 13 2013, Updated 6:20 p.m. ET

Despite the fact that diet soda has zero calories, diet soda is actually bad for your diet. New data revealed that consuming artificial sweeteners may actually cause weight gain because our bodies are forgetting how to process real sugars.

Researchers at Purdue University have found by reviewing studies done over the past five years that diet soda and other artificially sweetened products could cause the same health problems as regular soda. In review, Susan E. Swithers, a Purdue professor of behavioral neuroscience, discovered that with consuming artificial sweeteners like sucralose, aspartame and saccharin, the body loses its ability to process real sugar, which could result in weight gain.

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Diet soda may appear to be a calorie and guilt free drink on the outside, but over time your body’s metabolic system stops reacting to real sugars. This is where weight gain other health risks come in to play. It has also been shown that people who regularly drink diet soda have a higher risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

“It is not uncommon for people to be given messages that artificially sweetened products are healthy, will help them lose weight, or will help prevent weight gain,” Swithers said. “The data to support those claims are not very strong, and although it seems like common sense that diet sodas would not be as problematic as regular sodas, common sense is not always right.

Next time you order that double bacon cheese burger and supersized fries, you might as well go all out and substitute the diet soda with the 32 ounce carbonated beverage that would go with that meal. Diet soda is being shown to have the same risks and dangers that regular soda have. If you’re trying to shed the pounds, diet soda is actually a bad idea for your diet.


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