Most of us have the habit of drinking soda with breakfast, lunch or dinner. Some of us prefer diet soda, since manufacturers have a way of convincing us that it’s much healthier than regular soda. Diet sodas may be calorie-free but a new report suggests that they could be worse for your health and your waistline than ones with sugar. Consuming diet soda for long term can mess with your body, since they contain artificial sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose and saccharin. A person who consumes diet soda on a regular basis loses his/her ability to process the calories from sweet things, making it harder to metabolize the sugars they get from other sources like candy, cookies, or even fruit. A glass here or there won’t hurt you, but habitual intake of diet soda can affect your health. Here, we are discussing 8 things that happen to your body once you stop drinking diet soda.
1. Your body starts craving less sugar.
Scientist Susan Swithers of Purdue University found in a meta-analysis of 26 health and diet studies that people who drink sugary sodas and artificially-sweetened sodas were often associated with the same ailments. Those who consumed diet sodas, however, actually had the increased risk of obesity, metabolic syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes.
Artificial sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose and saccharin make you crave sugar as well as spike your insulin levels. Dr. Melina Jampolis, a San Francisco, California, physician nutrition specialist explains, “The taste of sweet does cause the release of insulin, which lowers blood sugar, and if carbohydrates are not consumed, it causes a drop in blood sugar, which triggers hunger and cravings for sugar.”
2. Your body starts to lose weight.
Scientist Susan Swithers said in a press release that,
“Findings from a variety of studies show that routine consumption of diet sodas, even one per day, can be connected to higher likelihood of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and high blood pressure, in addition to contributing to weight gain”.
Individuals who consume diet soda on a regular basis assume that less calories means less weight. Sadly, routine consumption only enables our bodies to gain weight and can also cause an expansion in stoutness and hypertension.
3. Food will taste better.
It might be hard for you to believe but diet soda can actually affect the way all other foods taste. Once you cut it out completely, don’t be surprised when food starts tasting better. Lisa Cohn, registered dietitian for miVIP Surgery Centers explains that, diet soda weakens bones, increases our threshold for sweetness, and damages brain health. In addition to bad breath, some people also report negative effects on taste, and when they reduce consumption of diet beverages, they find improvement and better flavor in foods.
4. Your stomach will feel less bloated all the time.
During summer, the consumption of diet soda skyrockets since everyone is trying to cut back on calories and get that summer body in shape. Little do they know, diet soda can cause bloating and if you are someone who wants to cut back on calories, try cold water instead of diet soda.
5. You will feel happier.
When you see those ads for diet soda where men and women with drinks in their hands are happy, remember that they are all actors. They are paid to smile in front of the camera and say what the seller wants the consumers to believe. Apparently, the delicious drink that they advertise does not make you happier. Studies show that diet sodas can cause you to be mellow. So, if you are feeling blue all the time, cut down the diet soda consumption.
6. You will get sick less often.
Are you someone who gets cold more often? Well, it might not just be your child bringing viruses from school. A study found that the artificial sweeteners in diet soda affects the immune system. Once you cut down on the consumption, you will start feeling better.
“Researchers are finding that artificial sweeteners may affect our healthy gut bacteria, which can affect everything from blood-sugar control, to weight management, to disease — how our immune system works and how our body responds to infection.”
7. Your baby will be healthier.
Studies show that drinking caffeine and diet soda while being pregnant can put your baby at risk. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition studied the effects of diet soda on pregnant women in Denmark. Researchers found that pregnant women who drank diet soda every day had a higher risk of preterm labor than women who did not drink it. Interestingly, the regular soda drinkers were not at an increased risk for preterm labor.
8. Your teeth will be healthier.
We know that sugar and our teeth don’t mix. High consumption of sugar can eat away our enamel, giving us cavities. Australian researchers studied the effects of regular soda and diet soda on several individuals. Their study revealed that both kind of sodas damaged the teeth. If you want whiter, healthier teeth, cut down on the consumption of soda.
It’s easy to say you shouldn’t drink soda. We understand that it’s a tough decision to make. Do not cut it down instantly. Instead, try to reduce the consumption gradually.