If you haven’t been hiding under a rock over the past few weeks you’ve probably read articles, seen on television or have heard others mention the recent findings on diet pop. Outcome? Not so wonderful. For people who like drinking diet pop this is one of those one two punches where you kind of feel like everything they once told you was healthy was a lie so in trying to be healthy you were perhaps causing more harm to yourself. Grrreeatt.
This deeply concerns me as everyone has a vice and this was my vice. Some people smoke, others drink but live relatively healthy lives. My vice was diet pop. I dedicate hours to exercise and eat a 90% clean diet but I enjoy my diet pop. The fizz, carbonation, the way it settles your stomach and fills that caffeine void… guess that party is over.
So what kind of negatives you ask? Well, turns out there are a few ugly sides to this story. Let’s look into the major issues:
1. Significant increase in your chances of type 2 diabetes. Ok, regular pop makes sense because of the sugar messing with the bodies levels, but now even sugar-free is causing harm? What gives! Even worse, Huffington Post found earlier this week that the percent was even higher for diet drinkers than regular pop drinkers! Alternative they suggest is 100% juice, which surprisingly does not – with all the sugar intact cause an increased risk. Amazing! Only downfall for pop lovers is that juice and carbonated pop are far from equivalent in taste. Not much we can do here…. moving on.
2. Increase craving for sugar. Now here’s where it gets interesting. Turns out in the study, women who consume diet pop also saw an increase in their cravings for sugar. Chocolate paczki anyone? Makes me wonder if my super sweet tooth is natural or chemically induced!
3. Decrease in time that alcohol takes to make it to your bloodstream. The reason for this is that with juices and other mixers used in mix drinks there is sugar present that the body needs to break down prior to making its way into your bloodstream. However since diet pop is sugar-free, when combined with alcohol it pretty much shoots straight into your bloodstream.
4. Increased chance for weight gain. Did you know trying to avoid weight gain drinking diet pop is NOT helping us? Now that we know it leads to a possible increase In sugar cravings that makes sense. However it’s not the diet pop itself that is causing the weight gain, it’s the mindset of those consuming the beverage. It’s a case of, “I saved 160 calories with this diet pop which means I can add cheese to my burger” concept.
Really the list of negatives goes on… increased right of heart disease, stroke…etc. I also failed to mention this is the case found with consuming merely one can a week! Who considers themselves a pop drinker with one can a week?
So to play my part in time for Lent I am giving up diet pop. My intention is to form a habit so that when Lent is over I can remain diet pop free. Wish me luck!
Source information: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/11/diet-soda-diabetes-risk-type-2-artificially-sweetened-sugar_n_2663247.html
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Written by Kimberly Evans Kimberly Evans