Studies Prove Diet Soda Is Linked to Diabetes, Brain Damage, and Depression

By KrisTina | Articles

Jul 24

Diet Soda is becoming less and less popular what with people becoming more and more wary of the artificial sweeteners it contains, such as aspartame and Splenda (sucralose).

In fact, due to more and more customers requesting it, PepsiCo had replaced the aspartame in its diet soda for Splenda back in 2015.

This strategical step was to win back its customers, of course. But unfortunately for PepsiCo, it didn’t work as they had hoped it would. Their diet Pepsi product was hit with a decrease of 6%, and in at the start of 2016, their sales dropped even further – they declined a whole 10,6%!

Desperate to please its customers who apparently didn’t like the taste of the aspartame-free Pepsi diet sodas, PepsiCo is not once again reintroducing this natural sweetener on the market.

Two to Three Pepsi Varieties to Contain Aspartame

The sales of the classic diet Pepsi, the one containing aspartame, had made a comeback in September of the previous year. This is in a light blue can, while the regular diet Pepsi, the one sweetened using Splenda, is in a silver one.

Then there’s also the black can containing Pepsi Max, now renamed Pepsi Zero Sugar (which also contains aspartame). The thing is, however, that all this fancy ‘relabeling’ is missing the most crucial point: diet soda is bad for one’s health, no matter the packaging it comes in.

In fact, a diet soda ‘by any other name’ is most likely to be even more detrimental to your health than the regular kind.

Aspartame Can Lead To Diabetes

This is because it is likely to lead to glucose intolerance. It is no secret that many people who are overweight or obese also have to deal with diabetes (type II) or pre-diabetes.

So, they would naturally opt for artificial sweeteners instead of the dreaded sugar. They don’t realize that they are not doing themselves a favor at all.

According to a number of studies, aspartame (as well as other sweeteners of the artificial kind) can actually have the opposite effect and be the cause of further weight gain.

This is because they have a tendency to alter one’s good gut microbiota, which may also lead to an intolerance to glucose, particularly for those individuals who already happen to be obese.

What’s even scarier is that experts have linked aspartame to an increased hunger and unnecessary cravings. This even more so than some of its other cousins of the artificial sweetener family. Such as acesulfame potassium or saccharin.

Talk about irony, since this substance is largely present in diet products. This all according to a study published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.

But Aspartame is Not the Only Problem

It’s not like this is the first time that artificial sweeteners have been connected to metabolic issues in individuals.

In fact, according to research which was conducted by PLOS ONE, the regular consumption of soft drinks containing artificial sweeteners follows with an array of health problems.

Such as metabolic syndrome disorders, insulin resistance, abdominal obesity, high blood pressure and dyslipidemia.

And as if that wasn’t bad enough, constantly consuming these ‘diet’ drinks will also increase your risk of metabolic syndrome and type II diabetes by as much as 36% and 67%, respectively.

But before you start thinking that all you need to do is avoid aspartame Pepsi and stick with the one containing Splenda…You may want to reconsider.

Splenda can also mess with your body’s insulin response. It can cause a rise in your insulin levels by up to 20%! People who are obese but non-diabetic and are consuming sucralose on a regular basis are risking diabetes more than ever!

‘Diet’ Does Not Mean ‘Healthy’

Don’t let yourselves be misled, dear readers. 92% of studies which are independently funded have come to the same conclusion. The conclusion that aspartame can be the cause of various adverse effects to one’s health.

Headaches and depression are just the tip of the iceberg here. A study conducted on rats found that it may cause oxidative stress in the brain as well. Which, by itself, leads to many other problems.

Aspartame happens to contain phenylalanine and aspartic acid. But the phenylalanine it contains has been modified synthetically to carry a methyl group. This is what provides most of the sweetness.

When aspartame is in the form of a liquid, it breaks down into methanol (methyl alcohol). This is then converted into formaldehyde, which is actually the main cause of the problem related to aspartame.

You see, formaldehyde actually represents a carcinogen which can cause retinal damage. It can also cause birth defects because it may interfere with one’s DNA replication.

Diet Soda Makes One Eat More Junk Food

We already established that people widely believe they are doing their health and weight a favor by cutting back on calories drinking diet soda (which is not the case at all).

Still, believing this, they might then go on to ‘compensate’ for the calories they didn’t lose in the first place. Usually by munching down on high-sodium, high-fat, and high-sugar content.

Furthermore, they almost feel compelled to reach out for unhealthy junk foods. This is because the diet soda did not satisfy their cravings. In other words, it’s a lose-lose situation.

It is hardly surprising to learn that obese individuals were the ones most affected by this.

To put it simply, those who are most likely to reach for unhealthy snacks or artificial sweeteners are also those who are most deeply harmed by them.

How to Ditch Aspartame and Other Artificial Sweeteners

There are a few ways you can do this, dear readers. There is a technique which may help you, called Turbo Tapping. It can aid you in your mission of getting rid of any cravings, not just sugar-related ones.

But if you still feel dissatisfied with this method, you can try making your daily diet a healthier one. There are plenty of nutrition plans to look up online.

The best beverage you can drink without having to worry about adverse effects is tap water. Just make sure to use a decent, high-quality filtration system.

If you find you miss the fizzy feeling of sodas, you can opt for mineral water. If you’re looking to add some flavor, you can squeeze lemons for a healthy alternative.

Unsweetened coffee or tea also work for anyone looking for some variety in their drinking habits. Without damaging their health in the process, that is.

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