A lot of people today opt for 0 calorie drinks. Do we even know if these drinks are causing us harm rather than good? What are we really consuming?
Is it better to drink diet soda instead of regular soda? When you choose a diet soda you not only satisfy your urge for something sweet but you save yourself unnecessary calories. Diet sodas are sweetened by artificial sweeteners such are saccharin, sucralose and aspartame. But how safe are these artificial sweeteners we are consuming? How do they affect our body?
There are so any artificial sweeteners in the market today. Some even labeled to be from “natural sources”. These sweeteners are much sweeter than natural sugars and they have also been shown that they have the same effect on our bodies as regular sugars. Sweeteners also trigger insulin production and thus cause our body to go into a fat storage mode. This will in turn lead to weight gain. So we are actually harming our body more than doing it any good. It has been shown that artificial sweeteners confuses our body because of how much sweeter they are than natural sugars. Some people may use the drinking of a zero calorie drink as an excuse to eat more during a meal. Research has linked diet soda drinkers to type 2 diabetes.
Diet sodas have no nutritional value. Even though you are consuming no calories while drinking a diet soda, it is recommended to just drink water which is very essential to normal body functions.
Other ways soda affects us:
- Soda has citric acid which destroys our teeth over time by weakening the enamel of the tooth
- When consumed or mixed with cocktails especially diet sodas, it gets us more intoxicated than we intend to be because artificial sweeteners are quickly absorbed into our bloodstream.
- Soda drinkers have been linked to not only depression but lower bone density in females that consumed soda on a regular basis. This often times leads to osteoporosis.
- Drinking one diet soda a day also increases your risk of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
More studies are being done to figure out exactly how diet sodas are affecting our overall health.