Soft drinks with no calories (or zero calories) have first appeared in 1950s and since then they have become a significant part of the business of drink companies. At first, target audience of diet sodas were only women, however, over the years, the target audience expanded and now it includes men and women of all ages, who like to drink sodas. One study has come to the conclusion that around 20 percent of the U.S. population drinks at least one diet soda every single day.
The only problem is that recent studies have shown that diet sodas are not so healthy as advertised and that they should not be a part of any healthy diet. Which makes us ask the question – is diet soda even better than regular soda?
What is in diet sodas?
Most of the regular sodas are known for their high content of either corn syrup or sugar. American Heart Association (also known as AHA) says that recommended amount of added sugar for men is 150 calories per day and 100 calories per day for women. Health experts and fitness professionals recommend cutting sodas completely out and because of that most of the people turn to diet version of sodas. When it comes to diet sodas, they have lots of artificial sweeteners (cyclamate, saccharin, aspartame, acesfulfame-k, sucralose) and these are one of the biggest reasons not to drink them.
One of the researches have come to the conclusion that the sweet taste of the diet sodas might increase appetite toward high sweetness of the artificial sweeteners, which might encourage dependence and sugar cravings. Basically, this means that drinking diet sodas might make you want to drink them even more, causing something like addiction. Furthermore, since we confuse our bodies when we start drinking diet sodas – our bodies are not able to break down artificial sweeteners as regular sugar, it becomes unresponsive when we actually consume real sugar.
One study in Europe has come to the conclusion that those who drink diet sodas regularly are more likely to develop risk of type 2 diabetes, than the people who don’t consume them at all. People who drink around 12 ounces of diet soda every day are 33 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, while those who drink 20 ounces every day are 66 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
University of Miami conducted a research in 2009 which has shown that people who drink diet sodas regularly have an increased risk of having a stroke or heart attack. They stated that they wanted to carry out the research, because some other studies have shown that there is a connection between weight gain, diabetes, coronary heart disease and some other diseases. The results have shown that a person that drinks just one soft drink every day are 43 percent more likely to have a heart attack, a stroke or a vascular death. The same results have come up for people who drink regular soda, not just for diet soda drinkers.