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Another Reason to Ditch the Diet…Stick to Water!

When reviewing nutrition with clients, I often receive questions about Diet Soda…”there are not any calories so it’s fine, right?”

My gut has always said, “NO!”  My logic felt that something that was so “man-created” and “non-food like” just couldn’t be OK for our body on a regular basis. How does our body know what to do with the chemicals listed on the can? Plus, the percentages of Americans with colon cancer are rising, and unfortunately diagnosis is happening at younger ages. This makes me think about “Gut Health” and the “non-food” that rots our gut …that’s a different conversation for another post though.

So, I wanted to share two articles that I stumbled upon when researching for a client. Most people consider changing DIET SODA HABITS when research finally gives them reasons. To all you Daily Diet Soda Drinkers…I hope this helps!

First Article:  http://www.uthscsa.edu/hscnews/singleformat2.asp?newID=3861
(Summary Below)

Diet Sodas Aren’t All Good…Even though they don’t have any calories, they are not a great everyday beverage. We know all Diet Coke lovers out there are probably confused, so let us explain.

Studies show diet drinks can cause a spike in blood sugar, make you hungrier, and get your taste buds used to sweeter flavors (which could leave you craving dessert).  Combined, these effects almost always lead to over-eating and over-indulgence in sweets. Zero calories or not, diet soda can have a serious impact on calorie consumption.

SELTZER TO THE RESCUE!

I have to admit, I am no longer huge soda drinker. However, I do know that drinking plain water and green tea can get monotonous.  When I have a craving, I turn to plain Seltzer/Soda Water! This is one of the best ways to deal with soda withdrawal. You’ll get the same refreshing carbonation, without the calorie increase. I enjoy adding a squeeze of lemon or lime, a few frozen berries, or a splash of pomegranate juice and lime.

For the doubters out there…..Give it a week and see how you feel. Enjoy one or two cans of the old bubbly one day a week or only at special events. Remember, my thought is, “unless you are allergic to something, it is never forbidden just controlled. This way you know that you can always enjoy it again, just not right now… 80/20 rule.”

Below is an even stronger reason to give up the Diet Soda!!
Even if more research is suggested!! 

Another Strike Against Diet Soda
Regular Consumption of Diet Soda Can Increase Risk of Heart Attack or Stroke
By Madeline Haller via MSN.com

If you’ve been looking for a reason to nix your soda-drinking habits, the latest research may offer you the perfect inspiration.

Drinking a single can of diet soda each day can increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke, reports a recent study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

The researchers monitored the soda-drinking habits of more than 2,500 individuals and compared them with the number of vascular events, heart attacks and strokes, that occurred over a 10-year period. After factoring in pre-existing conditions diabetes, high blood pressure, BMI, and others, they found that those who were downing diet drinks on a daily basis were 43 percent more likely to experience a vascular event than those who drank none. But people who drank anywhere between 6 diet sodas per week and 1 diet soda per month had the same risk as people who never drank soda.

What’s even more surprising: In contrast to previous research, the report found no association between regular soft drink consumption and risk of vascular events.

So what does this mean for you? Frankly, very little. The research only found an association between drinking diet and having a heart attack or stroke, that doesn’t mean diet soda causes heart attack or strokes. Since no other studies have found a link between diet soft drink consumption and heart attacks, more research is needed, explains lead researcher Hannah Gardner, PhD, from the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami.

The researchers have several theories for the connection. Even though they adjusted for weight at the beginning of the study, they didn’t collect weight measurements at the end of the 10 years or throughout the study. Since diet soda has also been linked to weight gain, it’s possible that the diet drinkers gained more weight, which increased their heart risks. (Again, just a theory.) And as we reported in our story The Truth About Diet Soda, diet soda drinkers may have worse dietary patterns overall. (Although the researchers conducted dietary surveys to adjust for this, food surveys are notoriously unreliable.) Basically, no one knows for sure what’s going on.

So what do you do while scientists search for a solution? Simple: Make H2O your main beverage. (Squeeze in lemon or lime if you need some extra flavor.) Even though no one is sure how good or bad diet soda is for you, water is a sure bet. Research even shows that drinking it can improve your mood.