Now, I’m not saying that I fully believe every study that comes out, or that they are completely truthful without bias in one direction or another, but rather I am relaying findings from recent studies.
New research from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio has found that people who drink diet soda have poorer health and a larger waist than those who don’t drink the beverage.
The study found that people who drank two or more diet sodas a day saw their waist size increase six times greater than people who didn’t drink diet soda. A second study from the University found that aspartame, a sweetener often used in diet soda, raised blood sugar levels in diabetes-prone mice.
Abdominal fat is a precursor for a host of physical ailments ranging from heart disease to diabetes to stroke. While diet sodas may be calorie free, they are not free of consequences. The studies were presented on June 25 at the meeting of the American Diabetes Association.
“Data from this and other prospective studies suggest that the promotion of diet sodas as healthy alternatives may be ill-advised” Dr. Helen Hazuda, professor of medicine at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, said in a written statement. “They may be free of calories, but not of consequences.” Consequences like weight gain.
For one study, researchers at the center followed 474 diet soda drinkers, 65 to 74 years of age, for almost 10 years. They found that diet soda drinkers’ waists grew 70 percent more than non-drinkers. Specifically, drinking two or more diet sodas a day busted belt sizes five times more than people who avoided the stuff entirely.
And as waist size grows, so do health risks – including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and other chronic conditions.