Why You Should Quit Drinking Diet Soda
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Why You Should Quit Drinking Diet Soda
9:00AM EST 2/3/2015 Sylvia Booth Hubbard/Newsmax Health

http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/4813...-diet-soda

Diet soda It's no big secret, but diet sodas aren't really good for you.

When diet sodas were first introduced to the general public in the middle of the 20th century, they seemed like the best new thing in food since sliced bread. The idea was that you could drink sodas without counting calories and worrying about weight gain.

According to the University of Texas, 59 percent of Americans drinks diet sodas regularly, hoping to lose weight. Unfortunately, evidence shows that they do not help you lose weight. In fact, they increase your risk of becoming obese and may even be worse for your health than regular sodas.

"Artificial sweeteners are a disaster in their own right," says board-certified family physician Dr. David Brownstein. "They're known to cause neurological problems, autoimmune disorders and probably cancer," he tells Newsmax Health.

If you're still guzzling diet drinks, read on to see why you seriously need to quit—and you'll also discover the best, least painful ways to ditch your habit. There are at least five good reasons, all backed by research, why you should quit drinking diet sodas:

    Weight gain. A study at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio found those who drank diet sodas were more likely to become overweight than those who drank regular sugary sodas. For each can of diet soda consumed each day, the risk of obesity increased by 41 percent. After 10 years, those who drank two or more diet sodas a day increased their risk of obesity by 500 percent. "Data from this and other prospective studies suggest that the promotion of diet sodas as healthy alternatives may be ill-advised," said Dr. Helen Hazuda, professor of medicine at UT.
    Diabetes. A study published in the journal Nature found that diet sodas change the microbes living in the gut in a way that increases the risk of diabetes. Researchers at Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science found that mice fed artificial sweeteners developed glucose intolerance. They also found that people who regularly used artificial sweeteners, including aspartame and saccharin, had elevated levels of HbA1C, a measure of blood sugar. When they gave artificial sweeteners to people who didn't normally consume them, they found glucose levels were altered after only a week in more than half of the volunteers. A study conducted at the University of Minnesota found that a single diet soda daily raised the risk of metabolic syndrome and diabetes by 36 percent.
    Rotting teeth. The acids in diet soda can damage your teeth as badly as meth, according to Dr. Mohamed Bassiouny of the Philadelphia's Temple University School of Dentistry. He found that that when he put photos of people with "meth mouth" and those who drank an excessive amount of soda side by side, the damage looked the same.
    Weak bones. Sodas may be especially harmful to the bones of women. Researchers at Tufts university found that women who drank sodas, including diet sodas, had lower bone density that women who didn't drink them. Another study, which was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, also linked sodas with low bone density. The phosphoric acid in sodas leaches calcium from bones.
    Cardiovascular disease. Researchers from Columbia University and the University of Miami found that a single diet soda daily over a period of 10 years increased the risk of heart attack and stroke by 43 percent. Drinking regular soda didn't appear to affect risk.

If you're still guzzling diet drinks, you've seen why you need to make a determined effort to quit. Here are five alternatives to help you beat your soda addiction:

    Drink unsweetened tea and coffee, hot or cold, to combat the headaches and other annoying symptoms of caffeine withdrawal. As a bonus, green tea and coffee supply valuable antioxidants.
    Try seltzer water. If you miss the "fizz" of soft drinks, drink seltzer water. Add a splash of lemon or lime to dress it up
    Try natural beverages. Pick up naturally carbonated, fruit-flavored beverages in health food stores or make your own by mixing 100 percent fruit juice half-and-half with carbonated water for a sweet fizzy drink that's good for you.
    Enjoy herbal teas. Herbal fruit teas, brewed strong, provide a flavorful, satisfying pick-me-up.
    Drink water. Healthy and cheap, water is perhaps the best drink of all. If plain water is a bit too boring for you, add mint, lime or lemon for flavor.

For the original article, visit newsmaxhealth.com.
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I was addicted to diet soda for many years. 20 years or more, I would say. Then I went cold turkey. Occasionally I have one, but I drink teas. I'm especially fond of Twinings Teas. Chamomile and Mint tea, and chai. Unsweetened tea is delicious. And I also drink seltzer waters, very rarely. But water is the biggest change. It took awhile, but having a refillable water bottle helps.
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I drink a few per month, we get them for free at work during the month end. The bad thing is that I've gotten so used to them, that I kind of prefer the taste over regular soda. I like fountain best if I have to choose. Typically though, I just drink water.
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Sorry Zedta, I don't trust crank websites like that. As far as I can tell you're no worse off drinking sugarfree soda, than carrot juice. In fact, I don't know how drinking something like Cola Zero could kill you short of you drinking too much water through it. I do know that you can kill yourself on an A-vitamin overdose by drinking carrot juice.
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(03-04-2015, 09:13 AM)Leonhard Wrote: Sorry Zedta, I don't trust crank websites like that. As far as I can tell you're no worse off drinking sugarfree soda, than carrot juice. In fact, I don't know how drinking something like Cola Zero could kill you short of you drinking too much water through it. I do know that you can kill yourself on an A-vitamin overdose by drinking carrot juice.

By all means, do as you please, but just remember, even 'crank' websites may quote credible sources, as this article does [ the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio...more authoritative than your thoughts perhaps?]. There are a host of studies linking side effects of the drugs used to artificially sweeten our drinks and a quick Google search may enlighten your sophomoric response to the issue. Its not an issue of it 'killing you', its about general health and some chemicals are not healthy and artificial chemical sweeteners are in this group.

Read up a little grasshopper and become informed instead of speculating on your own premises. Your health may be better for it.
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(03-06-2015, 08:53 PM)Zedta Wrote: By all means, do as you please, but just remember, even 'crank' websites may quote credible sources, as this article does [ the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio...more authoritative than your thoughts perhaps?].

I've yet to find the actual study so I can read it for myself, but the little reporting I've seen of it so far merely corrolates diet soda drinking and obesity, which can happen for all sorts of reasons, none of which would be a causal relationship. So its not evidence as such of causal link.

Quote:There are a host of studies linking side effects of the drugs used to artificially sweeten our drinks and a quick Google search may enlighten your sophomoric response to the issue. Its not an issue of it 'killing you', its about general health and some chemicals are not healthy and artificial chemical sweeteners are in this group.

Read up a little grasshopper and become informed instead of speculating on your own premises. Your health may be better for it.

In all reality industrially produced diet soda is healthier than an all-natural home made sugar based soda.

And yes I've read up on it, in particular I pay attention to the large scale studies, especially the systematic reviews. In the science of health and food, when a new topic is researched you'll typically get a scattershot of reports of all sorts. You can cherry pick those and make it look like they support your own conclusions. The question is what happens over time as the research protocols gets tightened down and the sample sizes are increased.

In the case diet-soda vs regular soda, its clear that regular soda causes far more diabetes (for unsurprising reasons).

Sugar-sweetened and artificially sweetened beverage consumption and risk of type 2 diabetes in men.
de Koning L1, Malik VS, Rimm EB, Willett WC, Hu FB.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21430119

Sample sizes were in the 10.000 and 40.000 for the two studies.

A large systematic review came out inconclusive about any artificial sweetener having adverse effects.

Artificial Sweeteners: A systematic review of metabolic effects in youth
Rebecca J. Brown, Mary Ann De Banate, and Kristina I. Rother
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2951976/


In other words: Make my soda with plenty of aspartame and acesulfam-K. Grin
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(03-04-2015, 09:13 AM)Leonhard Wrote: Sorry Zedta, I don't trust crank websites like that. As far as I can tell you're no worse off drinking sugarfree soda, than carrot juice.

Quantity and frequency may be some factors you seem to be ignoring here.


(03-04-2015, 09:13 AM)Leonhard Wrote: In fact, I don't know how drinking something like Cola Zero could kill you short of you drinking too much water through it.

It's not necessarily a matter of life and death, rather more a matter of quality of life and one's overall health.

(03-04-2015, 09:13 AM)Leonhard Wrote: I do know that you can kill yourself on an A-vitamin overdose by drinking carrot juice.

Wouldn't this also be a case of, in your terms, "...drinking too much water through it."  Do you have any idea whatsoever just how much carrot juice one would have to consume in order to ingest a lethal dose of Vitamin A, and over how much time?? 
Quote:Supplements are typically 10,000-50,000 international units (IU) per capsule. Fish-liver oils may contain more than 180,000 IU/g. The [b]acute toxic dose of vitamin A is 25,000 IU/kg[/b], and the chronic toxic dose is 4000 IU/kg every day for 6-15 months. (Beta-carotene [ie, provitamin A] is converted to retinol but not rapidly enough for acute toxicity.) http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/819426-overview
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