Drinking sugary carbonated drinks is obviously not good, but replacing sugar with chemicals that simulate sweetness is also pretty much not good.
Here are the reasons the Huffington Post gives for why their “Saying ‘No Thanks’ To Diet Soda:”
“Despite its name, it may not really be that diet friendly.”
Diet soda is just a less delicious version of the real thing. According to the Huffington Post, “Some observational research has linked weight gain and diet soda consumption, including a study presented at a meeting of the American Diabetes Association in 2011 which showed that waist circumference was 70 percent greater for diet soda drinkers than non-diet soda drinkers.” The jury is out as to why, but there are some theories.
“It confuses our brains.”
More research is needed, but basically, we by deceiving our brains into thinking we are indulging on sweet delicious stuff we are priming it to want more. It stimulates the appetite. Artificial sweeteners are (even compared to real sugar) super duper sweet and consuming them maintains a heavy preference for sugar which will make cutting sugar consumption difficult.
“It’s been linked to scary conditions like heart attack, stroke and Type 2 diabetes (though its exact role is still not totally clear).”
I’m scared and confused. Read what Huffpo said:
Researchers from the University of Miami and Columbia University found that people who drink diet soda every day have a 43 percent higher risk of experiencing a vascular event over a 10-year period, compared with people who didn’t drink soda… French researchers found an association between Type 2 diabetes and self-reported diet soda consumption. Plus, when comparing the diabetes risk of drinkers of diet with drinkers of regular sodas, researchers found that diet drinkers had the higher diabetes risk.