Just because it says diet does not mean it's good for you. One of the best things you can do for your health is eliminate sodas, including diet soft drinks from your diet. It's one of the simplest and most profound health improvements you can make. Most people are under the false impression that diet soft drinks get you off the hook. This explains why 60% of American's consume diet soft drinks which have now become the most popular low calorie drink of choice.
Studies have shown that drinking diet soda's double your risk for obesity. For example, a person who drinks a diet soda may feel it's acceptable to make up for those calories with another high-calorie food.
ABC News medical contributor Dr. Marie Savard, pointed to a recent Purdue University study released in the Behavioral Neuroscience Journal which showed that rats on diets containing artificial sweetener such as saccharin gained more weight than rats given other sugary foods. The Purdue University study confirmed that rats who were on an artificial sweeteners diet experienced a physiological connection between sweet tastes and calories, which drove them to overeat.
There is a similar relation in humans. The tongue is temporarily satisfied by the artificial sweet taste of diet soda, but your marvelous brain isn't fooled and still craves more calories for energy. So you end up over eating. No wonder we keep asking for a double bacon cheeseburger and a diet coke!"
So you might be left wondering, "What is safe to drink?" The answer, of course, is water. Give it a try; you will wonder why you loved sodas so much. It's an easy habit to kick. For next 10 days, switch from soda to water and notice the difference in your body.
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Published On: September 15, 2008