The truth about your diet soda

Diet soda and weight gain?

Dieters often wonder why they aren’t losing weight, and in some cases, diet soda weight gain may be the culprit. Diet foods can be misleading, like low fat food products that are high in calories because they add sugar to make them taste good. While diet soda really is low calorie but according to research, it still may play a role in helping people gain weight.

A fascinating article – Artificially Sweetened Beverages Cause for Concern – recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), challenges the notion that artificial sweeteners are risk free.

1. Our body gets confused by artificial sweeteners – the dissociation between sweet taste and calorie intake may put the regulatory system that controls hunger and body weight out of sync, thus sabotaging weight loss plans. A study on rodents showed that those fed saccharin actually gained weweighight compared to rodents fed sucrose.

2. We’re “Infantilizing” our taste sense – Artificial sweeteners are a hundredfold sweeter than sucrose (table sugar). By getting ourselves used to so much sweet, normal sweet flavors, of fruit for example, become bland and so do other healthful foods such as grains and vegetables, thus reducing our willingness to consume them and ultimately the quality of our diet.

3. Long term effects unclear – while there have been many studies on artificial sweeteners and disease such cancer, very few focused on long term weight gain. A seven year study, (San Antonio Heart Study), showed a relationship between diet drink consumption and obesity, but the causation is not clear. Consumption of artificial sweeteners is growing yearly.

Diet soda and osteoporosis

Nutritionists aren’t sure why drinking soda is linked to osteoporosis. It may be simply that the soda is displacing healthier drinks in your diet.

There is an association between people who have high soda intake and risk of fracture.

Too many personal trainers/nutritionists  are not aware of danger of diet soda.


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