What are the dangers of diet soft drinks? Aren’t diet sodas supposed to help us lose weight? As time has gone by, the true answers to these questions are overtaking the advertising of the soda producers.
An 8 year study at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio found that people who drink diet sodas do not lose weight. In fact, the study showed they actually gained weight. Sharon P. Fowler, MPH, and colleagues unveiled the results at the annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association in San Diego in 2005.
In the study it was found that total soft drink use was linked to being overweight or obese. The big surprise was finding that people drinking diet sodas were more likely to be obese. Study results showed every can or bottle of diet soda drank increased the risk of being overweight by 41%.
Results published in webmd.com showed:
For regular soft-drink drinkers, the risk of becoming overweight or obese was:
• 26% for up to 1/2 can each day
• 30.4% for 1/2 to one can each day
• 32.8% for 1 to 2 cans each day
• 47.2% for more than 2 cans each day.
For diet soft-drink drinkers, the risk of becoming overweight or obese was:
• 36.5% for up to 1/2 can each day
• 37.5% for 1/2 to one can each day
• 54.5% for 1 to 2 cans each day
• 57.1% for more than 2 cans each day.
To me, the dangers of diet soft drinks are evident, due to the ingredients they use for sweeteners. Simply googling the words: danger of aspartame will bring up 180,000 pages of info.
Another study covering the dangers of diet soft drinks and regular soft drinks was published July 23rd, 2007 by the American Heart association. The study found that soft drink consumption was linked to metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome can double the risk of heart disease and stroke. Cross-sectionally, individuals consuming 1 soft drink per day had a 48 percent increased risk of of metabolic syndrome.
The Mayo clinic said this: Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Immediately, upon discovering I had diabetes, my first decision was to eliminate soft drinks from my diet. It still seems like a good idea, to me. Women in particular, seem to rationalize whatever they eat by having a diet soda with it, like that makes an unhealthy meal healthy. It's easy to lie to ourselves.
I guess now everyone will have to consider the dangers of diet sodas. Also see my Wellness Quotes page for more on the dangers of diet sodas.
I have posted an interesting video on msg and aspartame below