Is it really better to go for diet drinks over the “normal” version?

So you have decided to jump on this quitting sugar bandwagon, which is great! But you love your soft drink and you figure “easy, I will just start drinking the diet version” but really you should be considering giving up soft drink, period.

Here is why:

Most diet drinks have got aspartame as the replacement sweetener. This is something you should look to avoid as the chemicals that make up the artificial sweetener aspartame may alter brain chemicals, nerve signals, and the brain's reward system, which can lead to headaches, anxiety, and insomnia, according to a review in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Aspartame ranks 200 hundreds times sweeter than table sugar. Splenda? 600 times. In fact, brain scans show that diet soda alters sweet receptors in the brain and prolongs sugar cravings rather than satisfies them

Diet soft drink may get you drunk a lot quicker than drinking normal soft drink. An Australian study in the American Journal of Medicine concluded that if you mix diet soft drink with booze, for example, vodka and diet coke, your stomach empties out faster, causing a drastic increase in blood alcohol concentrations.

It can make you fatter. Apparently a study in Diabetes Central showed that that drinking two-thirds of a diet soft drink before eating a meal primed the pancreas to release a lot of the fat-storing hormone insulin.   This triggers your body in fat storage mode and leads to you gaining weight.


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