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Diet Sodas Drinkers Have Larger Waist Lines

Diet Sodas Drinkers Have Larger Waist Lines

Researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio examined data from 474 participants in a longitudinal aging study and found diet soft drink users had a 70 percent greater increase in waist circumference compared to non-diet soda drinkers. The waist circumference increase was even worse for frequent diet soda consumers drinking two or more a day. Their waist size increases were 500 percent greater than non diet soda drinkers in the study.

“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 one of the researchers, Helen Hazuda, professor and chief of the Division of Clinical Epidemiology in the School of Medicine. (Source:

A related study found aspartame might increase blood glucose levels and thereby contribute to obesity.

One reason individuals give for drinking diet sodas is that they contain fewer calories, but then they reason incorrectly they should be able to eat even more than they would if they were drinking regular sodas. A better choice would simply be to not assume that drinking either type of soda is necessary. Another assumption appears to be that diet soda is healthier, but if the research cited above is correct, it is not.

Sodas might also interfere with the absorption of calcium due to the phosphoric acid content, an effect that could also be caused by the caffeine content. In a different study, colas with and without caffeine both were associated with lower bone density. Phosphoric acid also erodes tooth enamel.

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9:13PM PDT on Sep 3, 2013

I wish there we all truly knew...

7:02AM PDT on May 13, 2013

life is about choices, to each their own.

12:23AM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

Not so surprising,
because I strongly believes that Anything that contains too much artificial this and that won't be too good for the body at all

8:48PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

I don't drink soda often. Thanks for sharing.

5:07AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Mislim da soda niej dobar izbor,a pogotovo soda sa zasladjivacima koji nikako nisu zdravi.

3:16AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

thanks for the info

1:03PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

I drink sparkling water when I want to indulge in something fizzy

12:49PM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

Thanks for the info!

3:10PM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

Diet drinks taste nasty!! I have one can of cola each day. I rarely eat sweets so I see no harm in having one.

5:43AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

Thanks for the article.

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