Diet Soda Pitfalls
THE PERILS OF SODA #3: Diet Soda
In part two, I shared all about the sugar in soda and why soda is so addicting. Many people switched from regular to diet soda in an effort to save on calories and thinking they were doing something good for their body. This has proven to be a big mistake.
Diet sodas are sweet, right? Well, they are sweetened with artificial ingredients, the main one being aspartame. This actually is even more harmful than sugar as aspartame has been linked to countless health problems (e.g., brain tumors, neurological disorders, etc.). Moreover, did you know that, when soda gets warm, the aspartame converts to methanol which subsequently breaks down into formaldehyde? GROSS and not meant to be ingested!
Artificial sweeteners also play mind games with you. You think you’re justified in eating that extra slice of pizza because your soda is calorie free. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but one does not cancel the other out. (But wouldn’t that be nice)!
There also is a high association between diet sodas and Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. A University of Minnesota study found that drinking just one diet soda per day increased the risk of developing the aforementioned-diseases by 36%! Is that diet soda worth that risk? Let me answer this question for you: NO!!
Now ponder for a moment why it is that we eat food and drink beverages. Think past the enjoyment factor. It’s to provide our body with nutrition and sustenance, right? Without food and drink, we die. It’s a pretty simple concept. If you haven’t caught on by now, let me spell it out for you: soda has no nutritional value and actually leads to illness. Moreover, it has the opposite effect when it comes to hydrating the body. It actually dehydrates you. As you can see, soda just goes against any and every reason you would drink a beverage in the first place.
Okay, so by now you’re probably thinking, “Help! I want to quit but I don’t know where to start.” Tune into part 4 of this series for tips on how to kick the soda habit to the curb for good.