While it may seem like a reasonable option to save a few calories there’s more to diet soda than what you will find on the label. Here are some startling results from studies on diet soda.
1. Triggers the same response as regular soda
One of the main reasons sugar is so bad is because of the insulin response it triggers in your body. Artificial sweeteners have been shown to trigger the same insulin response which leads to fat storage in your body.
2. It may lead to greater weight gain
A study from the University of Texas has shown that diet soda consumption leads to an increase in waist circumference. The study was conducted over a ten year period. What’s worse is people that consumed an average of one-two cans per day experienced the worst weight gain out of all of the participants.
3. Increased risk of diabetes and metabolic syndrome
A study conducted out of the University of Minnesota made some startling discoveries. Regular consumption of diet soda results in a 32% increase risk of metabolic syndromes such as type 2 diabetes. Other conditions include including high blood pressure, elevated glucose levels, raised cholesterol, and large waist circumference. All of this places you at an increased risk of stroke and heart disease.
4. May cause headaches
Artificial sweeteners have been linked to headaches in some individuals.
5. It will ruin your smile
Regular consumption of diet soda causes the same tooth decay as habitual cocaine and methamphetamine use. The culprit has been linked to the excessive amounts of citric acid found in soda products.
6. Links to depression
Recent studies from the American Academy of Neurology have found links between soda and depression. The study lasted the course of a decade and showed that participants who consumed diet soda on a regular basis were 30% more likely to suffer from depression.
7. Compromises bone density
Tufts University found that people who consumed diet soda on a regular basis had 4% less bone mineral density on average. This is especially detrimental who women who are already predisposed to suffer from osteoporosis.
8. Increased risk of vascular disease
Just one soda a day can lead to an increased risk of a heart attack or stroke. These findings come from the University of Miami and the University of Connecticut. Both Universities found that regular diet soda consumption raised your risk by a whopping 43%.
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