Diet sodas are believed to be healthy because they are sugar-free. When consumed in large quantities, they can also be harmful to our health. When we try to control our weight or want to reduce the sugar consumption, we often turn to sugar-free drinks, in which artificial sweeteners, most often aspartame, have replaced sugars. Here are five reasons why you should stop drinking diet sodas.
Sugar-free sodas cause bloating
OK, this is not a unique feature to diet sodas, since all carbonated drinks are causing bloating. However, it is better to opt for a non-carbonated drink, such as unsweetened iced tea, for example.
They can make you fat
According to a study carried out by the University of Texas, people who regularly consume diet sodas are more likely to be overweight. For a decade, researchers have analyzed volunteer consumption patterns.
It turns out that those who drank two or more sugar-free sodas a day had gained 70% more abdominal fat compared to those who had not consumed any.
Artificially-sweetened drinks keep you hungry
Researchers at Bir Zeit University in Palestine recently discovered that drinking sugar-free sodas increased the production of ghrelin, a hormone that regulates our hunger impulses. The more ghrelin we produce, the more hungry we are even though we are supposed to feel full
That can lead us to overeat.
They put us in a bad mood
It’s true that consuming artificially-sweetened sodas put us in a bad mood.
Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame contain an amino acid called phenylalanine. According to some scientific studies, a high phenylalanine level prevents the production of serotonin, the neurotransmitter that regulates our mood and gives us a feeling of well-being.
Diet sodas might cause heart diseases and diabetes
Of course, when consumed occasionally, diet sodas can’t do any harm. On the other hand, be careful not to drink sugar-free sodas regularly because, according to a study conducted by the University of Miami, those people who regularly consume drinks sweetened with aspartame present a 44% higher risk of having a heart attack.
Another study, this time published in the European Journal of Endocrinology, also warns that sodas are causing diabetes as it has been proven that people who drink more than two sugary drinks daily, be them diet or not, are two times more exposed to developing type 2 diabetes.