While many people prefer a diet soda to regulate their weight, there’s more to the sugar free drinks than you’d think.
As millions of people around the world are trying to lose weight or keep their body shape, they choose to drink diet soda instead of sugar-filled regular ones. But have you ever stopped to think if the diet sodas are actually healthy for you?
While we do believe that soda in general is not good for your overall health, here are some facts about diet sodas.
Well, let’s not just attack diet sodas without giving them some credit first. Because they contain artificial sweeteners instead of regular sugar, they don’t leave residue on your teeth and won’t contribute to the layering of plaque. However, they still contain acid and will, over time, dissolve your enamel, leaving your teeth vulnerable to cavities.
While they are “calorie-free” and don’t contain refined sugar, you’ll body will not gain weight from the soda directly. However, studies have showed that since you’re fooling your brain, making it believe you are eating sugar while you’re not, it will increase your cravings for foods, especially sugary ones. When this happens, you will eat more sugars without noticing, and will end up gaining weight.
A study by the University of Miami has found that diet soda is linked to higher chances of heart attacks and strokes. They followed 2,465 subject for 9 year, and found that people who drank diet soda were 48% more likely to have a stroke or heart attack than those who drank regular soda.
Diet soda can also contain chemicals like aspartame which is linked to cancer and other health issues. However, some soda manufacturers don’t use it for those reasons.
This doesn’t at all mean that regular sodas are healthy for you as well, but that it is important for you to look beyond the labels on products when shopping. What might tell it’s healthier for one thing, might be way worse for another.