Does Diet Soda Make You Fat?

diet-soda-makes-you-fatWhile many folks drink diet soda to cut back on sugar and calories possibly to avoid extra pounds, recent information is enough to give pause those thoughts.

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition discovered some serious facts that should raise a red flag on diet drinks and products.

1) Diet sodas raised the risk of diabetes more than sugar-sweetened sodas.
2) Women who drank one 12-ounce diet soda had a 33 percent increased risk of type 2 diabetes and women who drank one 20-ounce soda had a 66 percent increased risk.
3) Women who drank diet sodas drank twice as much as those who drank sugar- sweetened sodas because artificial sweeteners are more addictive and are hundreds to thousands of times sweeter than regular sugar.
4) The average diet soda drinker consumes 3 diet drinks a day.

A study through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics explains more reasons why the body reacts to diet drinks over the sugar drinks.

  • Artificial sweeteners are hundreds to thousands of times sweeter than regular sugar activating our genetically programmed preference for sweet taste more than any other substance.
  • They trick your metabolism into thinking sugar is on its way. This causes your body to pump out insulin, the fat storage hormone, which lays down more belly fat.
  • It also confuses and slows your metabolism down, so you burn less calories every day.
  • It makes you hungrier and crave even more sugar and starchy carbs like bread and pasta.
  • In population studies there was a 200 percent increased risk of obesity in diet soda drinkers.

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