Yet, we are here to inform you that unfortunately, it is detrimental to your health. According to a Purdue researcher, public health officials should warn people not to consume diet soda, just like they avoid regular, sugar-sweetened soda.
Susan E. Swithers, Ph.D., a professor of psychological sciences and a behavioral neuroscientist at Purdue, maintains that we should limit the intake of all sweeteners, including no-calorie sweeteners.
She reviewed recent studies which examined the effects of diet soda and found that 30 percent of American adults and 15 percent of American children consume artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, sucralose, and saccharin. She says:
“There is a lot of pressure from the public health sector to find solutions to counter the rise of obesity and chronic disease, and there is a lot of money and business at stake for the food industry as it develops and promotes these products.
Beverages are becoming political issues as government leaders and politicians seek regulation and taxing to limit their availability and consumption, but most of these measures exclude diet soft drinks because they are perceived as healthy.
When it comes to making policy decisions, it’s more important than ever that the science is considered and that the public understands what the science says in order to help them make the best health decisions.”
Apparently, artificial sweeteners confuse the body’s natural ability to manage calories based on tasting something sweet, and people consume sweet foods in excess, leading to a twice increased risk of metabolic syndrome.
Research has found that diet soda leads to numerous health issues, including:
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