Have you bought diet coke, thinking it was the better option for you? Or, you’re trying to keep up with that “diet”, so obviously diet coke is the better answer. We’ve seen it, and a lot of us have probably done it. That’s why we thought this would be a cool topic to address. Sorry to break the news already, but diet coke is not the healthier choice.
Okay, so lets get something straight first. NO pop is a “good choice”, but “diet” pops are proven to be much worse for you, here’s why.
You’ve probably been provoked to buy the ‘diet’ pop over the regular because of the amount of calories you’re able to cut off. This isn’t actually doing anything for your waistline, or the jeans you want to fit into. Pop or diet pop doesn’t just affect one’s weight. It can have many negative impacts on ones body & quality of life.
A study conducted from the University of Texas found that over the course of about a decade, diet soda consumers had a 70% greater increase in weight-gain, compared to people who don’t drink pop at all. Get this: participants who consumed two or more cans a pop a day experienced a 500% greater increase in weight gain. The way artificial sweeteners confuse the body may play a part. How could aspartame and other fake sweeteners make you gain weight even though they’re calorie-free? Artificial sweeteners stimulate your taste buds and trick them to think you’re eating real sugar (again, real sugar also isn’t good). Artificial sweeteners can be 1000 times sweeter than sugar, so your body becomes confused and increases your production of insulin, a fat-storage hormone. Your metabolism slows down and you become hungry more quickly. You’re body is now looking for ‘quick’ energy, which results in cravings of simple carbohydrates (pasta or candy for example). Your body then releases more insulin, and the cycle continues. This results in weight gain, and a bigger size of jeans. Because they confuse and slow down your metabolism, you burn fewer calories every day.
This not only affects weight-gain, but your neurotransmitters and cognitive function all around. This could be a huge influence with mental illness, ADHD, hormone imbalance, diabetes and many other health issues.
1. Become aware of hidden sugars even in so-called healthy foods. Read ingredients and realize sugar can be in foods that don’t taste sweet or that are marketed as healthy.
2. Learn to appreciate natural sweetness. Fruit, nuts, and other real foods contain natural sweetness without processed foods’ sugar overload or the detrimental effects of artificial sweeteners.
3. Stop confusing your body. If you have a desire for something sweet have a little sugar, but stay away from “fake” foods. Choose better alternatives than tricking your body with artificial sweeteners, which leads to wide scale metabolic distress and obesity (stevia is a better option).