Many of us are interested in losing weight and perhaps we even started the diet, now that the new year is here. One of the things that most people do when they are on a diet is try to cut calories, and they may start drinking some diet fizzy drinks rather than drinking the ones with full sugar. Do they actually help you lose weight?
According to a Purdue researcher, they actually don’t help you to lose weight. In fact, he recommends that public health officials tell people that they should avoid diet fizzy drinks, just as they should avoid the regular fizzy drink. The researcher is a professor of psychological sciences and with a number of behavioral neuroscientists at Purdue, he claims that warnings may need to be included on these drinks to help limit the intake of artificial sweeteners.
The doctor was attempting to answer the question of diet fizzy drink was bad for you. What she found is that 50% of children and 30% of adults in just artificial sweeteners, including sucralose, saccharin and aspartame.
There is a lot of pressure from the public health sector to find solutions to counter the rise of obesity and chronic disease, and there is a lot of money and business at stake for the food industry as it develops and promotes these products.
Beverages are becoming political issues as government leaders and politicians seek regulation and taxing to limit their availability and consumption, but most of these measures exclude diet soft drinks because they are perceived as healthy.
When it comes to making policy decisions, it’s more important than ever that the science is considered and that the public understands what the science says in order to help them make the best health decisions.” – Susan Swithers
Seems that artificial sweeteners confuse the ability of the body to manage calories based on the fact that your tasting something sweet. After drinking diet fizzy drinks, most people tend to overeat and those who regularly consume artificial sweeteners have twice as likely a chance to develop metabolic syndrome as well.
Is Diet Fizzy Drink Bad for You?
There’s Also Research That Shows Diet Fizzy Drink Can Cause a Number of Health Problems.
Depression – If you Drake for cans or more of diet fizzy drink per day, you have a 30% higher risk of depression. Drinking 4 cups of coffee, all the other hand, seem to have more of a protective effect and lower depression.
Kidney Damage – According to Harvard researchers, drinking diet fizzy drink for the long term causes a 30% reduction in the function of your kidneys.
Type II Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome – a study from 2009 in the Journal, Diabetes Care, showed that drinking diet fizzy drink on a daily basis results in the 36% higher risk for metabolic syndrome and increases your risk of type II diabetes by 67%. Those numbers are compared with those who drink regular fizzy drinks.
It has been shown that artificial sweeteners may affect the “got-brain connection.” This can end up tricking the brain, leading to a higher risk for metabolic derangement.
When mice were fed 0 cal sweeteners, they developed glucose intolerance. Those artificial sweeteners included aspartame, sucralose and saccharin.
Cardiovascular Disease – According to researchers at the University of Miami and Columbia University, drinking diet fizzy drink and daily made it more likely to have a stroke or heart attack. The increased risk was the same, even after adjustments were made from a lifestyle issues, such as smoking or lack of exercise.
Compromise Lung – Diet fizzy drinks increase the risk of COPD and asthma. The more a person drinks, the higher risk. According to an Australian study, 13.3% of individuals with asthma 15.6 of those for COPD drank diet fizzy drink every day.
Your Brain is Less Protected
6. A Less Protected Brain
Aspartame, a common artificial sweetener in diet fizzy drinks, seems to chip away at the brain’s antioxidant defense system. The results of an animal study found long-term consumption of aspartame leads to an imbalance in the antioxidant/pro-oxidant status in the brain, mainly through the mechanism involving the glutathione-dependent system.
Aspartame is also linked to:
Migraines & headaches
Short term memory loss
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Arthritis (including rheumatoid)
Final Thoughts: Is Diet Fizzy Drink Bad for You? (Yes.)
Diet fizzy drink is not a healthier alternative to regular sugar-sweetened fizzy drink.
Diet fizzy drink does not promote weight loss, contrary to popular belief.
Diet fizzy drink is linked to metabolic damage, heart disease, weight gain and other health problems.
If you’re in the mood for a fizzy drink, consider a much healthier option: kombucha.
Via: The Hearty Soul
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