Is Diet Soda Bad For You?

If you’re trying to reduce
sugar and calories in your diet, you may want to turn to
artificial sweeteners or other sugar substitutes. Some of those
alternatives, however, are linked to an increase
in certain diseases, including dementia
and Type 2 diabetes. Dr. Brandy Patterson explains in
this segment of “Straight Talk MD.” Hi, welcome to
“Straight Talk MD.” I’m Dr. Brandy P. There are
many foods and beverages available today
that bill themselves as healthier alternatives. Chief among them– diet sodas. These artificially
sweetened drinks are typically lower in
calories than regular soda. But now that these products
have been available for a while, we’ve had a chance
to investigate the long-term impacts
of consumption. We now know that they
are far from healthy. The artificial sweeteners
found in diet drinks, saccharin and
aspartame, for example, have already been linked with an
increase in dementia, obesity, metabolic syndrome,
and Type 2 diabetes. The population based
women’s health initiative, which examined causes of
morbidity and mortality in postmenopausal
women, is shedding light on yet another risk of
consuming artificial sweeteners. This study, followed
postmenopausal women, ages 50 to 79, for
almost 12 years. Those with no history of
diabetes or heart disease, but who drank two or more
artificially sweetened 12 ounce beverages per day had a
significantly increased risk of clot based strokes, heart
attacks, and early death. The risk was highest
among those women who were obese and/or
African-American. After controlling for
lifestyle factors, the study found that
women who consumed two or more artificially
sweetened beverages each day were 31% more likely to have
a clot based stroke, 29% more likely to
have heart disease, and 16% more likely
to die from any cause than women who drank diet
beverages less than once a week or none at all. Although this particular study
included postmenopausal women only, I believe that there
is enough evidence from this and previous studies to
conclude that consuming more than two artificially
sweetened beverages per day is just not a healthy
option for anyone. That doesn’t mean you
should make the switch back to regular soda. Those are loaded with unhealthy
sugars and corn syrup. Instead, try adding some fresh
fruit, like a lemon or a lime to a glass of water
or sparkling water. Break that soda habit. I know you can do it. And you’re going to
be better off for it. Thanks for watching this
segment of “Straight Talk MD.”

8 thoughts on “Is Diet Soda Bad For You?

  1. We very seldom drink a whole can of soda with a meal, so we both
    stopped drinking soda from 12 oz (355 ML) cans and now drink
    16.9 oz (500 ml) bottles of soda so we can put the twist caps back on,
    and put half back in the fridge, so we can finish the soda the next day.
    Most people feel obligated to finish a can, once the pop tab is opened.
    Reusing the twist caps keeps a bottle of soda from going "flat".
    I tend to drink more instant coffee (with milk & no sugar)
    and fruit juice to further reduce my consumption of sugar.
    Delaware County, PA

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