Guest Post: 3 Reasons Diet Soda May Be Worse Than Regular Soda

[ 0 ] June 3, 2010 |

We all know the dangers of soda – how they’re foods with zero nutrition and laded with calories and sugar, how they make you pack on the pounds even if you’re careful about what you eat, and how they leach minerals from your bone and bring on osteoporosis, how the sugar causes tooth decay and other more serious diseases like diabetes, and many, many more. Also, soda is a nothing food in that it does nothing to satisfy your hunger or quench your thirst. Sure we love to drink tall, cool, fizzy sodas when we’re parched and thirsty, but the sugar and caffeine in the drink cause more dehydration and make you thirstier than you were before.

If that’s the bad news about soda, wait until you hear what diet soda does. Yes, you heard that right; diet soda is worse than regular soda, not a healthy substitute as the smarmy sales spiels scream. If you’re wondering about the truth of this statement, read on:

Aspartame is worse than sugar: Sugar is the main villain in any diet story; cut the sugar, trim the fat – that’s what the experts say. But if you knew how dangerous aspartame, the most common sugar substitute used in diet sodas, was, you would start to think of sugar as your best friend. Although the FDA has certified aspartame as a safe food additive, research has proved that this chemical is responsible for hastening Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia when ingested on a regular and continuous basis. Also, aspartame has been known to bring on mood swings, headaches, dizziness, and even diarrhea.

The sweetness does the damage, not the sugar: If you’ve labored under the mistaken assumption that diet soda causes weight loss, all I can say is that the marketers have you just where they want you. Diet soda does not hasten or cause weight loss; rather, it promotes weight gain because it’s not just the sugar in regular soda that is the villain. Rather, your brain senses that you’re eating or drinking something sweet and immediately signals the body to start producing insulin. This slows down the fat burning process and plays havoc with your metabolism. It’s the same reaction as when you drink a can of regular soda, only, because you assume it is healthier and conducive to weight loss, you end up drinking more of the diet soda. You also end up increasing your risk for heart disease, stroke, blood pressure and cholesterol.

You lose nutrition and strength: Soda contains phosphorous and other chemicals that leach your bones of calcium and also deplete your body’s store of iodine. When you drink sodas, your body uses its cache of iodine to neutralize your blood pH from becoming too acidic. When you lose iodine this way, your thyroid does not have enough to regulate your metabolism, and this in turn causes you to gain weight and suffer from thyroidal problems as well. Also, without adequate calcium, your bones become brittle and more prone to fractures and the early onset of osteoporosis.

So the next time you reach for a can of diet soda because you’re dying of thirst, remember that this drink could end up killing you too.

*This article is contributed by Ashley M. Jones, who regularly writes on the subject of Pharmacy Technician Certification. She invites your questions, comments at her email address: .

Category: Food.Fun.Stuff., health concious

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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