Switching from regular soda to the diet option might seem just the right healthy choice. After all saving yourself from all this sugar (33 g per can) and excess calories 140 calories cannot be wrong.
Being a conscious person who cares about her health you should have a reality check. Is this really a good decision? Have you considered what the side effects of diet soda are? There are many reasons that encourage a person to switch from sipping on a diet soda and replacing it with a healthier choice, such as fresh juice or a sugar free iced tea.
Studies that are made on diet soda are still at its early stages but there is a lot out there to suggest that artificial sweeteners used in such beverages do not carry any benefits. As a matter of fact the idea that diet soda helps you in losing weight, which is the primary reason that makes most people switch to this beverage, is just untrue. Let’s look at some of the benefits that you can get when you change your drinking habits to more healthy choices.
Benefit # 1 – Headaches disappears and you are able to concentrate more
Aspartame, the artificial sweetener which is used in diet sodas, may alter the chemicals that are found in your brain. When the brain chemicals are altered it interferes with your nerve signals and the reward system that is in your brain. This causes headaches, insomnia, and anxiety. As a matter of fact, animal studies made in 2013 showed that rats that consumed aspartame had the nerves in their cerebellum damaged which affected their motor skills.
Benefit # 2 – Your food will taste better
The artificial sweeteners used in your diet soda overwhelm the taste buds that are found inside your mouth. Being 200 times sweeter than table sugar aspartame alters the sweet buds in receptors that are found in your brains making you crave for more sugar. A study made by Colombia University Medical Center showed that when people stopped having diet soda they shifted towards healthier snacks, such as fresh fruits, instead of more sugary ones.
Benefit # 3 – You will have more control over your weight
The reason that makes people go for diet soda is to lose weight. However, as strange as it might seem letting go of this beverage might do the trick. A recent study that took place over nine years showed that people who consistently sipped diet soda had the tendency to keep their belly fat on.
A study that was recently circulated in Diabetes Care found that drinking this beverage increased what is known as metabolic disorder which causes obesity, high blood pressure, and triglycerides all of which are the culprits to diabetes.
Benefit # 4 – Your bones will be stronger
Although results are not conclusive but there is an ample amount of studies that connect diet soda to weak bones. Such beverages decrease bone density which leads to fractures.An article published at WebMD, “Soda and Osteoporosis: Is There a Connection?” suggests that the reason that soda is connected to osteoporosis is simply because people tend to substitute food that is healthy to bones, such as milk, with soda.
Benefit # 5 – More reason to lose weight
Diet soda is usually combined with low quality food, such as junk food. When you drink diet soda you are under a wrong impression that you it is fine to indulge in unhealthy food. Burgers, fries, and pizzas are the close companions to this beverage. All of these types of food are high in calories and saturated fats that make you obese and leads to a variety of serious health problems.
In this article I have pointed out some of the side effects of diet soda and the main benefits that you get when you stop drinking this kind of beverage. You should build yourself a habit of relying on healthier choices. Fresh juice, unsweetened iced tea, and even plain cold water are all as satisfying and refreshing.