Thursday, July 14, 2011

More Support for Quitting the Diet Soda Habit

Water....just drink it.
I talked about this once before here.  In case you didn't believe me or needed more evidence, here you go.  New studies show aspartame sweetened soft drinks increases risk of gaining weight and increases risk of diabetes.  
"Data from this and other prospective studies suggest that the promotion of diet sodas and artificial sweeteners as healthy alternatives may be ill-advised," said Helen P. Hazuda, Ph.D., professor and chief of the Division of Clinical Epidemiology in the School of Medicine. "They may be free of calories but not of consequences."
 "These results suggest that heavy aspartame exposure might potentially directly contribute to increased blood glucose levels, and thus contribute to the associations observed between diet soda consumption and the risk of diabetes in humans," Dr. Fernandes said.
Some people have speculated there may be a link between smokers and former smokers and the consumption of the diet sodas.  You might also be able to lump in the use of artificial sweeteners in coffee.  Makes you wonder if these sweeteners hit the same pleasure zones in the brain as tobacco?  



Anonymous said...

personally I think quitting soda is harder then cigarettes (although as someone who has never smoked I can't be sure) because soda is so universally accepted. When I was quitting, I found it was everywhere and i was offered it by everyone.. (not to mention the physical withdrawal symptoms I had)

MAS said...

I once wrote a Dear John Letter to Coke Zero. :)

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