The smoke and mirrors of big-budget ad campaigns are not necessarily trustworthy. That's why health conscious shoppers like you must read ingredients. If you find unrecognizable words, often 5 or more syllables, it’s usually an indicator that the contents may not be what's considered "real food" but a chemical fascimile at best.
Regular Sugar vs Artificial Sweetener
In general, soda poses many challenges to one’s health. Surprisingly, diet soda yields even more health risks. Research shows diet sodas are linked to a wide array of health problems including weight-gain, the very thing diet soda drinkers are trying to avoid. Below are some of those findings.
Weight-Gain. Diet soda drinkers had a 70% greater increase in waist circumference compared with non-drinkers. Also, drinking two or more sodas a day results in a significant increase in weight (over 50%).
Dehydration. The chemicals in soda, more so in diet soda, require more water to process through the body. Thus, thirst is only temporarily relieved with soda and it leaves the body even more dehydrated. Water is essential for many bodily processes; replacing it with diet soda has a definite negative effect.
Mineral Loss. Tufts University researchers found that drinking soda, including diet soda, compounds the risk of osteoporosis. Female cola drinkers had nearly 4% lower bone mineral density in their hips than women who didn't drink soda. (The research controlled for participants' calcium and vitamin D intake.)
Bone Density Loss. A 2006 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that cola intake (all kinds, not just diet) was associated with low bone-mineral density in women.
Dental Decay. Citric acid in soda weakens and destroys tooth enamel over time. Researchers found that level of tooth erosion in the mouths of habitual soda-drinkers matched that of cocaine-users and methamphetamine users.
Depression. People who drank more than four cups of soda a day were 30% more likely to develop depression than those who steered clear of sugary drinks. The correlation held true for regular and diet drinks, but appeared greater in those who mostly drank diet sodas.
Insulin Spikes. Just like traditional sugar, artificial sweeteners trigger insulin. Increases of insulin often sends your body into fat storage mode and leads to weight gain.
Diabetes. Continued insulin spikes with time may lead to diabetes. Drinking one diet soda a day is associated with a 36% increased risk of metabolic syndrome and diabetes.
Heart Disease. Metabolic syndrome describes a cluster of conditions (including high blood pressure, elevated glucose levels, raised cholesterol, and large waist circumference) that put people at high risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Vascular Event Risk. According to researchers from the University of Miami and Columbia University, diet soda devotees were 43% more likely to have experienced a vascular event such as heart attack, stroke, or vascular death, than those who drank none.
Tastebud Confusion. Artificial sweeteners have more intense flavor than real sugar. Over time products like diet soda dull our senses to naturally sweet foods like fruit, making it more challenging to eat healthy organic fruits and vegetables in their natural state.
Gut Microbiome Changes. Artificial sweeteners alter the gut flora, leading to reduced blood sugar control. This may be one way diet soda increases the risk of type II diabetes.
In essence, no type of soda is good for you but diet soda seems to do more damage. Pure water is always the best choice to quench thirst. Remember, half your weight in ounces of water every day is the body’s minimum requirement. After drinking the appropriate amount of water, most have little desire for much else.
If you have indulged in sodas, it may be time to schedule your next appointment. Why? Processed sugar and artificial sweeteners can be just as addictive as cocaine, which is why many find it difficult to quit. Colon hydrotherapy helps remove the chemicals that cause cravings for soda. Email or call us today at 310. 929. 0258.