As a Soda gluten-free fanatic and someone who professes to know enough to be dangerous about food/diet/metabolism/working out, etc . the topic much interests me as well.
I drank multiple diet sodas daily for years despite warnings that they were unsafe. The two arguments I heard were:
· Aspartame causes cancer (or at least it does in rats)
· In long term studies people who drink diet soda tend to be as fat and unhealthy as people who drink regular soda and both groups are way thicker and unhealthier then people who don’t drink either
The first is easy to rationalize away. First off, who cares what happens to the rats. Second, everything gives me cancer at some point. I’m not convinced diet soda will be the long pole in that tent.
The second concern never seemed valid to me because it wasn’t a direct cause of diet soda, making me unhealthy. Sure multiple studies prove a correlation, but the opinion was that a taste for sweet things, diet or not, was the culprit. That meant I could drink all the diet soda I wanted without having to worry about it.
New Study To Soda Gluten-Free
Last year there was a new study. The short version is that it tricks your body into
· producing more sugar than it needs, negating the benefit you’d get from not drinking the sugar, and
· furthering what might be a minor physiological addiction to sweet things.
There was a whole bunch of other adverse side effects as well, but to me, the significant thing was the direct way it affected metabolism. That killed my ability to rationalize it away as being somewhat bad for me, but not counterproductive to my overall diet/exercise program. I realize this is torturing logic, but it’s what got me to get off the diet soda train. Anecdotally, I dropped diet soda for two weeks and lost about 10lbs. I didn’t even cut it out completely. I just knocked off about 80% of it.
Studies That Say Diet Soda Is Unhealthy
I have wondered about that myself. I am not a doctor or a nutritionist, but I feel very confident in giving you this advice: Do not believe what the proof on the various websites that people will point you to is.
There is so much hysteria about aspartame and artificial sweeteners. When you read the websites, they sound compelling.
However, when you look into them, there is virtually zero peer-reviewed science behind the information.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that diet soda is good for us. All I am saying is that no one has produced consistent evidence that it is as bad as these websites claim.
These websites are fraudulent, and that we need to rely only on peer-reviewed studies and not the words of some dubiously credentialed person. If diet soda is as bad as they say, where are all the dead people that died from it?