July 29, 2010
It’s 2:00 in the afternoon, the rays of sun are shining in through the office window, in the distance children are playing on a nearby playground, it’s a beautiful summer day and you are falling asleep at your desk. Literally. You cannot fathom keeping your eyes open until 5:00. What do you do? Hit the break room for a diet soda and candy bar. A quick “pick-me-up.” You tell yourself you won’t do it again tomorrow, knowing full well that you will. In fact, if you looked at your daily eating patterns, you would find that this “crash” happens repeatedly throughout your day. Sound familiar?
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If you suggest to a diet-sodaholic that six or eight diet sodas a day might be excessive, they’re likely to argue that there’s nothing wrong with drinking that much. After all, it’s got no calories. It’s practically the same as drinking water, right? Maybe not.
In addition to running your life and RUINING YOUR HEALTH, poor nutrition and cravings can even shorten your life! Evidence is mounting that diet sodas are anything but HEALTHY. First, diet sodas don’t appear to help you manage your weight, which is presumably their purpose, right? Studies show that the more diet soda you drink the more likely you are to be overweight or obese.
And there’s other research suggesting that artificial sweeteners may disrupt your brain's ability to regulate caloric intake, leading you to overeat and gain weight. There's also some suggestion that diet sodas increase your appetite and cravings for sweets. So instead of satisfying your sweet tooth with a “harmless” calorie-free beverage, you may actually be stoking your cravings for sugar.
Secondly, diet (and regular) sodas contain phosphates, which can leech calcium out of bones. These days, most teens and young adults are drinking HUGE amounts of soda during the years when they need to accumulate a lifetime store of bone mass. As a result, they are much more likely to suffer from osteoporosis, and to experience the effects of thinning bones much earlier in life!
And now, research shows that those who drink one or more sodas per day (whether diet or regular) are 40% more likely to develop metabolic syndrome, a collection of risk factors that put you on the fast track to heart disease and diabetes.
A harmless indulgence? It hardly seems like it.
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