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Diet Soda Debate

August 9, 2011
Yay for packages! I order some pictures from Snapfish about a month ago and FINALLY got them! They are pictures from my brother’s wedding and my trip to Michigan with my friend Caroline for the 4th of July. I also ordered a collage of pictures from the wedding to give to my sister-in-law! Can’t wait to put these up around my apartment!
So after yoga and some oatmeal (just blueberries and bananas… haha too hungry to remember to take pictures) I showered and headed to a new coffee shop near my apartment called Java Coast. It’s a great place because they have coffee, but then they also have breakfast, sandwiches and wraps, desserts, beer, wine and a few other fun drinks!
I’d also been dying to go here because every time I walk by I see people sitting at the counter, which is open to the sidewalk. It looked so peaceful to sit there and work with the nice breeze and people-watching! (I LOVE people watching).

When I got there the counter was full, so I got a cafe au lait and waited a few minutes until a couple girls left and I snagged a spot! Perfect place to sit and work. Too bad this won’t last long… It’s going to get cold!
I promised in another post that I would write about diet coke and whether it causes health problems, so here you go!
Is Diet Coke Okay?

Now that people are watching their calories and switching from regular soda to diet soda, a new debate has arisen: is diet soda any better? Although it has zero calories, which is much better compared to regular soda, diet soda can also have harmful health effects.

Now don’t freak out! This doesn’t mean you can’t drink diet soda! I became interested in this subject (not being much of a soda drinker myself) when I had lunch with my aunt and we discussed her love for diet coke. She didn’t give a number, but her shocked face when I suggested only having two diet cokes a day said it all.

After doing a little research, I found out that there aren’t any studies saying, conclusively, that people should not drink diet coke but they did demonstrate a possible link to poor health. An article by Leah Goldman in the business insider discussed a study done by the American Diabetes Association, which showed that diet sodas can contribute to weight gain, as well as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other chronic conditions.

The study watched adults over a nine and a half year period who drank diet soda, finding that those who drank more diet soda per day gained more weight and added more to their waistlines. The gain was then explained by a study done on mice which showed that mice who had added aspartame to their diet (an artificial sweetener used in diet sodas) had higher blood glucose levels at the end of a three month period.

I read another article on msnbc.msn.com which discussed another study, which showed that people who drank diet soda every day had a 61 percent higher risk of vascular events, including stroke and heart attack, than those who did not drink it at all.

Jillian Michaels, personal trainer from the Biggest Loser, mentions that there may not be clear cut facts that diet soda is harmful to your health and waistline, but once she kicked her diet coke addiction she felt much healthier because she wasn’t consuming all of those chemicals anymore.

As an advocate of all-natural eating, I recommend that any diet soda addicts out there try and wean the drink from their diets. I can’t say I’m perfect and never eat anything artificial, but why not replace a few of those sodas each day with a glass of water? After a while you’re body will probably thank you! Every little bit helps!

What are your opinions on diet soda? Yay or nay? What about alternatives?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 9, 2011 6:21 pm

    Great topic! I used to be SO addicted to diet soda… particularly Diet Coke and Diet Doctor pepper. I also chewed a LOT of Orbit gum. I was legit addicted. I started getting a lot of headaches. It was a weird time in my life… beofre that I really adheared towards an all-natural diet. Like I do ow. When I got rid of all that aspartame I felt a million times better! Not to get all technical but aspartame and other artificial sweeteners like saccharin and sucralose can really mess with your body I think. They act as endocrine disruptors and are potentially carcinogenic. Consumption of aspartame is also connected to multiple sclerosis. My mother has MS…. one of the reasons why I avoid artificial sweeteners and dyes.So long story short, I with ya girl!Have you ever had Zevia?? It's an all-natural diet soda made with Stevia. They have so many flavors…. even grape!

  2. Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine permalink
    August 9, 2011 11:08 pm

    I used to drink a lot of diet soda as well. My family (especially brother and dad) grew up drinking diet coke, so it was just a given as far as beverages go. I never diet soda, or just soda in general, made me feel all that great though. Eventually, I ended up cutting it out, and now, I don't miss it at all! Because I like carbonation in drinks, I usually stick to sparkling mineral water + a splash of juice 🙂

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