According to numerous experts and researches soft drinks e.g. sugary drinks can cause obesity and they are extremely harmful to our health. They also increase the risk of kidney diseases and diabetes, so it’s recommended that we should try to avoid them as much as we can or at least reduce their consumption to the minimum.
Many people try to use the diet version of the soda, but is it actually true that it contains a smaller amount of sugar? Is it good for your health or is this a hoax?
The truth of diet soda
Many scientific researches have proved that diet soda can actually cause the same damage as regular soda. It even causes the same diseases! Some of the most common ones are cerebrovascular problems and dementia.
Researchers at Boston University wanted to prove if this was true so they managed to gather information from 3,000 adults who were over 45 years old. Their discovery was shocking! The ones who drank diet soda often did not have an increased risk of stroke or dementia.
Only 3% of them increased their risk of stroke and 5% increased their risk of dementia. It’s still not clear what is the true connection between diet soda and diseases. Still, the doctors don’t think that we should be worried.
According to numerous other studies, this beverage can have an influence over the development of numerous other different conditions.
According to a research from 2012, people who consumed diet soda every day, increased their risk of blood vessel problems, cerebrovascular problems or a heart attack in 43%.
In 2014, scientists reported that people who were obese or overweight and drank diet sodas had from 90 to 200 calories more than people who drank a regular drink.
They also had an increased risk of diabetes type 2 by 12% per 12 ounces a day.
Numerous studies from the same year proved that artificial sweeteners could be the real reason which stimulate people their appetite and cause them the desire to eat more and more.
According to Dr. Christopher Gardner of the Center for Stanford Prevention Research, sweeteners are deceiving and cause people to intake more calories and more food.
This can happen because of 2 things:
- With the consumption of a diet soda, you trigger your wish to eat something that has more calories since you think the drink will protect you.
- The drink has a sweet taste that prepares your brain for a greater amount of calories. This has an effect over your taste buds and you opt for foods which aren’t that much healthy.
Still, this is a topic that still has to be researched, but researchers as well as nutritionists claim that we should decrease the consumption of sodas as well as diet sodas and choose some natural and healthier options instead! They aren’t certain if these sugary drinks are a healthy option even if they are diet after all!
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