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Dangers of Diet Soda

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Dangers of Diet Soda

By Pilar Gerasimo, Experience Life

OK, I am not going to rant. But I need to get this out of my system: I think diet soda is awful. I think all soda is awful, actually (yes, I know there are no “bad” foods, but I hold soda in approximately the same regard as those puffy orange Circus Peanuts these are not really “foods,” per se). Diet soda, in my view, is especially insidious.

Here are my top 10 reasons:

1. There is absolutely no proof that diet soda helps people lose weight. The calorie-reduction argument is total bunk, and zero studies have shown a positive correlation between drinking diet soda and weight loss. On the contrary, there’s significant evidence that diet sodas and other noncaloric, artificially sweetened drinks actually lead quite powerfully to weight gain. (See “6 ‘Healthy’ Food Choices to Rethink” for more on that.

2. Diet sodas are billed as being good for type 2 diabetics and other blood-sugar- challenged types, but they aren’t. Because of something called the “cephalic phase response,” your body tastes the sweetness, and even though there are no calories to shuttle, the brain triggers a release of insulin from the pancreas and also a “Sugar is coming! Stop-burning fat” response from the liver. The result is the usual array of insulin-related problems (increased urge to eat, increased tendency toward fat storage, pro-inflammatory biochemical cascade), plus an arrest of healthy protein-and-starch production, and a confusion of the body’s built-in caloric monitoring systems, all of which compel you to plump up and eat even more unhealthy stuff later. (For more on this dynamic, read the article, “Poor Substitutes.”)

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9:03AM PDT on Aug 19, 2014

I don't do diet anything , Soda is pretty much a pointless waste to me .

6:40AM PST on Jan 12, 2014

Thanks

4:12PM PST on Jan 5, 2014

She told me that she was thrilled to tell me that she had reduced her consumption of Zero large bottles and I mean the large bottles from 15 a day!!!!! down to 10 a day!

So she was an addict. She was IMHO overweight. Her skin was awful and she was a bit hyper too. She also told me that she had a child and I asked her if she wanted more b/c if you are drinking this stuff it can effect women AND men in them child producing, She then told me that her partner consumed large amounts as well but no matter they couldnt get pregnant. No wonder! Also ask yourself as to how many go to an IVF specialist to seek help? That woman went off to the bathroom and her friend said, ' we worry for her daily but she is so addicted to it and we dont know what to do about her, We are scared she will die!' True Story!

All the 92 side effects are true and WILL happen in some form and most who drink diet whatever or eat diet whatever, wont realise that its these products that are causing you to be feeling unwell. We all need our faculties dont we? Then we need to protect our brain b/c its our brain that controls our body. Its the force that tells us to eat or drink or it makes us walk and talk and all those kinds of things. But who wants to be a Diabetic? no one!
I feel for children and what the big wigs tell their parents that this is the way to go. Its not. Sorry its NOT. I know first hand!

4:10PM PST on Jan 5, 2014

look up and read the web site www.sweetpoison.com by Dr Janet Hull

Diet coke or Diet related products are full of aspartame or for others its artificial sweeteners.

Diet coke, zero or diet pepsi has aspartame in it and you can add another which is called neotame too.

With products that are loaded with aspartame and you read it in the excellent article above has 92 that is NINETY TWO SERIOUS side effects and even Cigarettes has aspartame in it and more chemicals in it in one hit.

Aspartame the chemical sticks to your bodies cells. We are a Cellular structure. Most who drink it find they dont loose weight and its because aspartame sticks like glue to those body cells and you have to detox to rid the toxins.
Its also a neurotoxin. That means it effects your brain big time and one of the biggest side effects is a Brain Tumor and Dementia which is 2 of the 92 serious side effects.
It will NOT help diabetes at all despite what is said that it does.

Apparently they said you can or its recommended you ingest 40 gms a week so if its so bad for you why do they keep on advertising ...its money or do away with us
I met a young woman many years ago and we met at 7am and by 8.30am she had drunk 25 cans of Zero.
I was watching her and was horrified. We chatted and she mentioned about drinking zero. She told me that she was thrilled to tell me that she had reduced her consumption of Zero large bottles and I mean the large bottles from 15 a day!!!!! down to 10 a day!

2:47PM PDT on May 14, 2013

diet sodas are the most ridiculous, pointless thing ever and so bad for you. I've never personally seen the appeal myself

8:21AM PDT on May 12, 2013

Had a vague idea that diet drinks cannot be as good as they make them out to be, but I was unprepared for all this! Thanks for sharing this information and I hope the 'bad news' spreads.

3:05PM PST on Jan 2, 2013

wow...I quit.

12:53AM PDT on Mar 23, 2012

Noted. Thanks.

7:00AM PDT on Aug 22, 2011

Diet soda has been the cause of salivary stones (like kidney stones except in the glands that aid digestion and moisten your mouth ) and dangerously high blood presssure in my husband . He switched to diet because his mom died of diabetic complications at 39 yrs old. Can`t get him off.. but the caffeine makes him un bearable and the other chemicals make him sick.. He is in total denial....

7:12PM PDT on Jul 16, 2011

Good advice. I don't drink soda (diet or regular) very often but I still have a hard time giving it up completely. Thanks for the reminder how bad the stuff really is...

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