Why You Might Want to Kick the Diet Soda Habit

Posted 06/03/2015 | By HealthCorps

A recent Time Magazine Health Briefing examined the downsides of a diet soda habit.  Here are some of the highlights:

  • Your brain senses “sweetness” but doesn’t get the expected calorie reward. Your brain is primed to expect calories when it senses energy (food).  Diet soda has zero calories but typically contains very sweet artificial ingredients.  So your brain doesn’t receive the anticipated satiating calories along with the sweet taste, and may instigate hunger signals, seeking those elusive calories.
  • Artificial sweeteners may interfere with the body’s natural ability to regulate incoming calories. This further complicates calorie processing and the body’s ability to properly regulate calorie needs.
  • Researchers believe that artificial sweeteners may change the nature of your gut microbes, making you more vulnerable to glucose intolerance and insulin resistance, both of which can lead to pre-diabetes and diabetes.
  • Regular use of diet soda may help to raise the risk of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of risk factors associated with heart disease risk and other chronic health conditions.

-Amy Hendel, PA/HealthCoach

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