According to the New York Times, President Donald Trump has the daily habit of drinking 12 diet cokes in 24 hours. He is not the only one. Even former President Bill Clinton has been photographed many times with a diet coke in his hands. Is it a healthy habit?
You should not follow President Trump’s example
Research shows that artificially sweetened drinks are not going to make those who drink it consume less sugar during the day. In fact it shows that aspartame, a component found in diet drinks makes those who consume it crave for sweets.
Susan Swithers, a professor of psychological sciences at Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences, explains that diet beverages are teasing the human body by generating a similar response as it has with sugar.
30 minutes after a person drinks a diet soda the body reacts with similar concentrations of insulin and glucose.
Swithers tests on diet beverages consumption in animals clearly points that the blood sugar raises higher than it should, making the animals eat more than usual. There is a cumulative effect which becomes problematic in time.
Studies carried out on human subjects
A study from the Boston University School of Medicine from 2017 indicates that those who drink at least one can of diet beverages a day are three times more likely to have a stroke caused by blood clots, than those who drink regular beverages. Also, those who drink one can a day of diet beverages are also three times more likely of getting dementia.
Another study carried out by a researcher from the University of Texas Health Science Center shows that drinking diet beverages was associated with abnormal obesity and an increased risk of suffering a heart disease.