Three Surprising Facts About Diet Sodas.
A world-wide scientific study* has estimated that sugary drinks contribute to the death of 184,000 people a year through diabetes, heart disease and cancer so you'd be forgiven for thinking that switching from sugary sodas to diet sodas is a smart move.
We all know that cutting down on sugar is a good thing so I see it all the time, women choosing diet colas alongside their meals in restaurants, or as a healthier option in cafes or just a bottle of diet coke sticking out of their handbag 'for later'.
Is diet cola currently your go-to-drink? Let's look at three surprising facts: 1. Artificial sweeteners do NOT aid weight loss. In fact they actually increases feelings of hunger.
One research study took two groups, both eating the same food but one group had one diet soda after lunch and the second group drank just water. The water group lost 16% more weight PLUS had a 70% improvement in insulin sensitivity and a 42% improvement in carbohydrate tolerance. 2. Diet sodas increase the risk of strokes and dementia. In fact any sodas, sugary or diet, are linked to poor memory and actual brain shrinkage.
Research has found that four cans a day increases the risk of developing depression by 30%* and actually increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 36%.
3. All carbonated drinks including diet sodas can damage bone mineral density (BMD). What that means is that the phosphorus in soda can remove calcium from bones, leaving holes in bones that weakens them, making bone breaks more likely long-term.
Tufts University ran a study on women and found that the more cola was consumed, the lower the hip BMD was.
It's worth mentioning at this point that our maximum bone density is built by the age of 25 years and after that it's a matter of maintaining what we have achieved so I get concerned about the younger generation who drink fizzy drinks all the time. If you are a parent, I encourage you to think of their bones and limit the sodas!
Can I encourage you to make sure you are drinking your 2 litres of water a day in the form of filtered or spring water, herbal teas or other non-caffeine options and keep the sodas for occasional treats. You bones, your brain and your weight will thank you!
Artificial sweeteners produce the counterintuitive effect of inducing metabolic derangements https://www.cell.com/trends/endocrinology-metabolism/fulltext/S1043-2760(13)00087-8
*Sweetened drinks linked to depression, coffee tied to lower risk https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130108162135.htm