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Reasons to Stop Drinking Diet Soda

Discussion in 'Lifestyle & Healthy Living' started by PurpleFox, Jul 2, 2015.

  1. It Could Actually Lead to Weight Gain
    Artificially sweetened drinks tend to have a more intense flavor than sugar, dulling the senses while also triggering the same (or higher) insulin response as sugar. This in turn tells the body to store fat and can cause weight gain. Also, those who drink diet soda tend to use it as an excuse to eat more, which can lead to even more weight gain.

    It Can Make You Depressed
    A study presented at the American Academy of Neurology found that people who drank four or more diet sodas per day over 10 years were 30 percent more likely to be depressed than those who did not. The same results applied to sugary drinks, but the risk seemed to be higher in those who favored diet drinks.

    Health Issues Linked to Aspartame
    Over 75 percent of the complaints the U.S. Food and Drug Administration receives are about the artificial sweetener aspartame. While all chemically based sweeteners have risks, aspartame seems to be the most dangerous. A dizzying list of 90 symptoms has been compiled; here is just a small sampling: migraines, seizures, vision problems, slurred speech, memory loss, anxiety, joint pain, muscle spasms and insomnia.

    It Can Ruin Your Smile
    The acidic effects of the carbonation and chemicals in diet soda can take their toll on your smile. Some studies indicate that diet soda drinkers registered the same level of damage to their teeth as chronic cocaine and meth users.

    It Can Increase Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
    A University of Minnesota study found that drinking one can of diet soda per day led to a 36 percent higher risk of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, a range of conditions that includes elevated glucose and cholesterol, high blood pressure and a larger waist circumference.

    It Raises Your Risk of Heart Problems
    A University of Miami and Columbia University study has shown that consuming only one diet soda per day can raise the risk of heart attack, stroke and vascular death by a staggering 43 percent.

    When it comes to cutting calories, try to stay as natural as possible. Filtered water is best, but natural sweeteners like stevia or monk fruit may be healthier alternatives.
     
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