may be choosing diet soda instead of regular
to cut back on calories and added sugars. But is diet soda really a healthier choice?
Although they’re calorie- free, the sweeteners in diet soda such as sucralose and aspartame
are much sweeter than sugar. And some scientists think these sweeteners may confuse our body’s
natural satisfaction signals, increasing our appetite and making us crave more sweets.
But recent research on diet soda and weight loss is conflicting. One new study found that
subjects on a diet and exercise program who were allowed to drink diet soda ( as opposed
to being restricted to water ) felt less hungry and lost significantly more weight over a
12- week period. Several other studies have linked drinking diet soda with obesity and
metabolic syndrome, which raises the risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke. In
these studies, scientists haven’t shown that drinking diet soda causes weight gain; it
may just be that people who struggle with their weight tend to choose diet soda. Until
we know more about the effect of diet soda and artificial sweeteners on health, it’s
best to limit your consumption . Another reason to rethink your habit: drinking too much diet
or regular soda overloads your body with phosphorus , a compound that can weaken bones and lead
to osteoporosis . Plain water is the healthiest choice. Jazz it up with a squeeze of lemon
or lime or slices of cucumber. Or, for fun, try naturally flavored seltzers.