Harmful Effects of Diet Sodas

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Sodas, colas and most carbonated beverages contain processed chemicals and empty calories. An 8 ounce can of soda has well over 100 calories, and more sugar than a candy bar. Many people who try to break their soda habit choose diet soda instead. Sadly, diet sodas are not a safe alternative. Though they may be calorie free, diet sodas are as unhealthy as regular soda as they are full of artificial sweeteners and processed chemicals that belong in a lab and not in your body.

Diet sodas contain a variety of man-made artificial sweeteners, many of which have been shown to be harmful in lab rats. These harmful effects have prompted many countries (outside of the US) to limit the amount of artificial sweeteners that can be included in foods, and some countries ban them altogether.

Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, saccharin, or sucralose actually cause those who drink them to crave more sweet foods. Artificial sweeteners do not break “sugar addiction” but simply increase the level of a hormone that makes people feel as though they need more sugar immediately after drinking it. While the taste of a diet soda may satisfy your sweet tooth, it will not satisfy the craving for sugar that originates in the opioid receptors of your brain.

Those who drink artificially sweetened diet sodas may experience adverse reactions to a wide variety of artificial sweeteners that are on the market. These adverse reactions range from migraine headaches, seizures or food cravings. Ironically, diet sodas cause people to crave high-calorie sweet foods and carbohydrates. This is attributed to the fact that because your body becomes used to sweet tasting food providing calories or energy. Diet sodas taste sweet but do not provide sustainable carbohydrate based energy, so your body craves those calories. A diet soda that you drink to help you lose weight may actually be sabotaging your efforts by making you crave foods that are higher in calories.

Additional harmful effects of diet sodas include:

Tooth Decay – Diet sodas contain less sugar than regular sodas and are mostly made up of artificial sweeteners, but are highly acidic and will damage your teeth in the long run.

Weight Gain – Though diet sodas contain fewer calories than the original beverage, they are sweeter than the original and will lead to cravings and binge eating.

Ignoring Healthy Beverages – The more diet sodas you drink, the fewer healthy beverages like water, green tea, or natural juices you’ll drink.

Leads To Snacking – Drinking unhealthy drinks often causes you to crave unhealthy snacks.

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