So as diet drinks have no calories, they are ok to drink right?!
Well, when taken at face value, diet drinks seem like a health-conscious choice. They save you the 140, or more calories when compared to their sugary soft drink counterparts, while still satisfying your urge for something sweet with artificial sweeteners like aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose. But there’s more to the chemical soft drink cocktail than meets the eye….
The diet soft drinks confuse your body.
The artificial sweeteners in diet drinks have a more intense sweet flavor than real sugar, so over time products like diet drinks dull our senses to naturally sweet foods like fruit. This is never a good thing, as when this happens we crave even sweeter foods. Also, the sugar substitutes have been found to have the same effect on your body as sugar, whereby the artificial sweeteners trigger insulin, which sends your body into fat storage mode and leads to weight gain- not ideal if you are trying to keep lean and lead a healthy lifestyle.
Diet drinks are calorie-free- which seems great, but if something seems too good to be true, then it usually is, and in this case, being calorie free is not all that it is cracked up to be. Drinking diet drinks will not necessarily help you to lose weight. It has been found that people who drink diet beverages have a 70% greater increase in waist circumference compared with non-drinkers over a 10 year period. Further to this, it was found that people who drank two or more diet drinks a day experienced a 500%greater increase in waist circumference- not ideal! The way artificial sweeteners confuse the body may play a part, but another reason might be psychological. When you know you’re not consuming any liquid calories, it might be easier to justify that double cheeseburger or extra slice of pizza.
Not only do diet drinks put you at risk of putting on weight, or developing type 2 diabetes, but they also contain no nutritional value. When you drink diet beverages, you’re not taking in any calories—but you’re also not consuming anything that does your body any good, either. So what is the point? The best no-calorie beverage? Plain old water- it is essential for many of our bodily processes, so replacing it with diet drinks is a negative thing. If it’s the fizziness of soft drinks that you crave, try sparkling water, and add some chopped fruit if you want it to be a little tastier. Things like watermelon or strawberries work really well.
So, not only will excessive diet soft drinking leave you over weight, and diabetic, but according to a case study published in the journal General Dentistry, the same level of tooth erosion occurs in cocaine-users, methamphetamine-users, and in habitual diet-soft drink consumers. The culprit in soft drinks is citric acid, which weakens and destroys tooth enamel over time.
These things here are just a few of the things that drinking soft beverages can do to you, inside and out. So maybe reconsider what you drink next time you go to the supermarket or open the fridge door.
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