The beverage industry is scrambling. Desperate to keep people hooked on the soda, there has been a big push towards diet soda of over the last few years. The big brands know that people are moving away from these highly caloric drinks that are pouring on the pounds.
Like most things that seem too good to be true, diet soda is just that. What's not to love about a sweet and delicious drink that has no calories? Firstly, your body has trouble digesting and processing these artificial drinks. Secondly, your brain doesn't know how to feel or what it wants after consuming these sugar free beverages.
Your mind and body get confused after drinking a diet soda, as it expects an increase in glucose from this sugary intake. However, since these are artificial sweeteners no rise in glucose occurs. So your brain doesn't get the biological reaction that it expects, that in itself is alarming. Since your body didn't get the sugar it expected you begin to crave food, sugar in particular, and you're often left even hungrier than before!
- Diet soda drinkers tend to have 70% bigger waists when compared to none diet soda drinkers.
- Drinking these bubbly beverages increases your risk for type 2 diabetes,
We'll argue that diet soda drinks have no nutritional value and fill your body with fake sugars and other chemically engineered products.
Aspartame, the main ingredients in many artificial sweeteners has been under scrutiny for a long time. One of the most disturbing side effects of consuming aspartame is the byproduct created by your digestive system. One of the byproducts is formaldehyde, which can reek havoc and damage internal tissues.
Choose Your Beverages Wisely
Removing soda, diet soda and other similar beverage is a great step towards a healthier your. Thirsty? Reach for water, you know that thing that's essential for life on earth? Drink that. Proper hydration keeps your mind and body running like a well oiled machine. Other great hydration choices are: green tea, unsweetened iced tea and coffee.
When adding a sweeter to any food or drink, stick to naturally sweeteners like honey or agave.