Most people are aware that both regular and diet soda are bad for your health, but when it comes to which is worse, things get a bit tricky. The truth is they are both pretty unhealthy in their own separate ways. Some prefer diet soda because it fails to leave the residue on their teeth that regular soda does. This is because diet soda gets its flavoring from artificial sweeteners, not natural sugar. Diet soda may not contain sugar, but it does have acid, and over time this acid can strip the enamel from your teeth and leave them more vulnerable to cavities from other sugary foods and drinks you may consume. It has been suggested that diet soda actually contributes to weight gain, not weight loss. In the study, 2, participants were asked to document what beverages they drink and how often they drink them. The participants were followed for nine years, and results found those who drank diet soda were 48 percent more likely to have a heart attack or stroke when compared to those who rarely drank any soda.
Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but soda is pretty terrible and can wreck everything from your mood to your waistline. One of the best things you can do for your health is to completely eliminate soda both regular and diet from your diet. Following are the reasons why I think everyone should quit this toxic beverage — and what I suggest you drink instead.
Author: Matthew Black, RD. It can also offer little to no calories, an appealing alternative when compared to regular sodas. But how does carbonated water actually compare to tap or bottled water when it comes to your health? There are many healthy foods that are cheaper than their less nutritious alternatives. Each year brings news of a salmonella outbreak and instructions to toss out our cantaloupes and chicken and avoid affected sprouts and ground beef. You know salmonella is nothing to mess with, but do you know what it is, or how you can avoid it? We’ll be in touch every so often with health tips, patient stories, important resources and other information you need to keep you and your family healthy.
Purdue University scientist Susan Swithers found in a meta-analysis of 26 health and diet studies that artificially-sweetened sodas — unlike water — were often still associated with many of the same ailments common in people who drink sugary sodas, and may actually increase the risk of obesity, metabolic syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes. According to Swithers, the trouble with artificial sweeteners is the same thing that makes them so popular — they taste a lot like sugar and have few or zero calories. For example, the molecule for sucralose found in products like Splenda, is extremely similar to the molecule for sugar. That is why it tastes eerily similar — it is tricking our bodies into thinking we are eating something sugary. But our bodies cannot metabolize sucralose. It just passes through us. This is its charm— and its potential danger. Normally, when our body detects that we have eaten something sweet, it anticipates the arrival of much needed energy and activates mechanisms to capture it. If we continuously fool the body with sweet tastes that do not bring any energy or nutrients, we risk teaching our own metabolisms to stop responding to sweet tastes entirely. W e are essentially “crying wolf,” and when we finally do eat something with sugar, the body ignores the signal and fails to process it properly.