Diet soda may not help you stay slim based on all the new research.
The American Diabetes Association reported the results of a study that shows that drinking diet soda may be resulting in a wider waist in humans. And a second study reported that aspartame which is an artificial sweetener used in diet soda actually raised the blood sugar in mice prone to diabetes.
“Data from this and other prospective studies suggest that the promotion of diet sodas and artificial sweeteners as healthy alternatives may be ill-advised,” study researcher Helen P. Hazuda, Ph.D., a professor and chief of clinical epidemiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio’s School of Medicine, said in a statement. “They may be free of calories but not of consequences.”
In the first study of 474 elderly people who participated in the San Antonio Longitudinal Study of Aging, researchers collected height, weight, waist circumference and diet soda intake data. According to the research the elderly people were followed up an average of 9.5 years later.
Researchers found that the drinkers of diet soda waist circumference increased about 70 percent more than those who drank non-diet soda. And people who drank at least two diet sodas a day, their waist circumference increased 500 percent more than people who did not drink any diet soda.
Artificial sugar has no better results in a second study with mice. Researchers for this study reported that mice that were diabetes-prone were fed a steady diet that included aspartame for a period of three months, had a higher blood glucose levels than mice not fed aspartame.
This is not the first study showing diet soda’s health risks. A study reported that people who drink diet soda with artificial sugar every day have a higher stroke and heart attack risks. And UK researchers found that sugary drinks can dull taste buds, leading consumers to crave more of the sweet stuff .
Richard Mattes, the nutrition scientist at Purdue University, states that “Heavy people simply might choose to consume diet drinks more.”
Mattes has studied the affects artificial sweeteners have on people’s appetite and food intake. He believes that the link between diet soda and weight gain is actually a behavioral phenomenon. His position is that people think they can eat more calories because they have changed their regular soda for a diet Coke.
Weight gain linked to diet soda is more about what you body and metabolism does when you consume a lot of diet soda because they love diet soda. Most easy weight loss program do not include the artificial sweeteners found in diet soda as a part of the diet solution. The diets want you to use natural sweeteners instead.
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