"I'll take a burger, fries, a milkshake, and a Diet Coke."


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            People everywhere have resorted to drinking diet soda instead of regular soda because it contains little or no calories. So then logically, less calories would mean it's better for you, right? After realizing this was way too good to be true, I started researching the dangers behind diet sodas and was astonished at what I found:

"The artificial sweeteners in diet soda can cause weight gain, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and heart disease, adding to mounting research about the potential health risks of diet soft drinks." 

Wait, WHAT? A beverage with the word "diet" in it can cause weight gain and other health problems? I mean, I figured it wasn't all that good for you, but I had no idea it was that dangerous...

As I read on, I discovered that researchers at Perdue University discovered these surprising facts after spending 40 years studying "the effects of artificial sweeteners and the health problems associated with diet soda." Because diet soda contains artificial sweeteners instead of real sugar, the human body does not know how to respond it. Your body thinks it recognizes the similar sweet taste and causes the pancreas to release insulin, just as it would do if you consumed actual sugar.

Essentially, these health problems can link back to obesity. Researchers at the University of Texas Health Center discovered a clear link between diet soda and obesity. 54.5% of obese people surveyed admitted to drinking 1-2 cans of diet soda per day while only 32.8% of obese people surveyed said they were drinking 1-2 cans of regular soda. These startling statistics prove that drinking diet soda had a higher correlation with obesity than drinking regular soda did.

Society has put such an emphasis on body image that we all seem to think that putting the word "diet" or "zero calories" in front of anything makes it the better choice. Are we blinded by the word "diet?" Many of us seem to think anything with the word "diet" on it can't hurt us (or is good for us), but it's important that we aren't fooled. Most of us would argue eating fast food everyday is a poor health decision, so what makes drinking diet soda everyday acceptable? Are we aware of the fact that diet soda isn't good for us, but continuing to drink it anyway? Where do we go from here? Is it KILLING us?

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I totally agree with you. Artificial sweeteners such as splenda and MANY other diet soda's contain a chemical called aspartame. This Link is from one of the most reliable cancer research sites in the world. Although they explain that there are no apparent dangers about aspartame or case studies, having the question on their website raises my suspicion to why it was put there in the first place. However, This Link supplies a lot of information as to why it is bad for you. In all honesty though, it's a very controversial topic whether aspartame is harmful to you. Not a lot of mainstream scientists want to bash on one of the most successful enterprises in the world. In my opinion, you're right... just stay away from it! It's raised controversy for a reason! Just stick to water and add fruit if you want something more tasty.

Actually.... I just edited this comment because I found that my aunt Jenny (She's a famous nutritionalist that is on a lot of food networks and talk shows) actually has a segment on artificial sweeteners! How cool! Here's the link to her amazing article!

This is a very interesting topic. Recently I have done some reading about this particular subject because I used Splenda in my coffee often. One day my friend's mom told me it supposedly caused cancer, so I felt the need to read up on it. Soda, with or without the sugar, is so bad for the human body. The chemical and coloring agents in diet soda are very harmful. / There are so many benefits to drinking water and natural juices, that are even tastier than soda. Once I stopped drinking soda, and had a sip months later, it actually tasted like chemicals. I now challenge myself to drink a gallon of water a day because of its health benefits! (http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/6-reasons-to-drink-water)

This is a very interesting topic. Recently I have done some reading about this particular subject because I used Splenda in my coffee often. One day my friend's mom told me it supposedly caused cancer, so I felt the need to read up on it. Soda, with or without the sugar, is so bad for the human body. The chemical and coloring agents in diet soda are very harmful. / There are so many benefits to drinking water and natural juices, that are even tastier than soda. Once I stopped drinking soda, and had a sip months later, it actually tasted like chemicals. I now challenge myself to drink a gallon of water a day because of its health benefits! http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/6-reasons-to-drink-water

I'm very impressed that you try and drink a gallon of water a day; for some reason or another I always find myself never drinking enough. I know that even after all of this research, I'll probably still drink soda from time to time... But now that I know the negative health effects of soda exist in both regular AND diet, what does that leave me with? Evidently nothing. It's amazing to me that even after being informed of the "dangers" of soda, millions of people worldwide (including myself) will still drink it, even if it's only in variation. The good news is that water seems to be the only 100% healthy 0 calorie drink option on the market!

I'm extremely jealous that you're able to drink a gallon of water a day. I've tried to do that a few times and I have not been able to make it through the entire day. My stomach fills up too fast and then I feel sick. But back to the point of the blog... Personally, I don't like the taste of diet sodas. However, I drank a lot of coffee in high school and my mother always bought Splenda and Equal so that's what i would put in my coffee. It wasn't until Junior year of high school that I found out how bad artificial sweeteners were. Now I don't bother using them at all.

I am a HUGE diet soda drinker. Literally up until I read this article. This topic is very relevant to my life because I am constantly drinking a diet pepsi around campus. After hearing what you had to say about it I am going to have to stop. In the first article you posted it shocked me that a woman hadn't had water, and only diet soda since she was 15! And with only a week of not drinking it her heart beats went back to normal. If I don't stop drinking diet soda I am also going to become that woman. I am not going to drink diet sodas anymore!

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