Sunday, April 3, 2011

Diet Soda And Your Waistline

Despite people drinking no calorie diet soda, obesity and the risks it carries are on the rise.  Numbers wise it does not make sense - replacing a zero calorie with a regular soda that has a couple hundred calories should bring some weight loss.

In The Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr. David S. Ludwig, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, raises safety concerns of artificially sweetened drinks.  The taste of the artificial sweeteners is much sweeter than regular sugar.  As people drink more of the artificial sweetness, the body is trained to crave this excessive sweetness.  Further, the body's metabolism is disrupted by the excessive sweetness and the empty caloric intake.  The sweet taste in Ayurveda signals the body energetically to build.  The body can become confused by the lack of calories.  There has been a study linking diet soda consumption with a substantial increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome, which in turn creates a high risk of developing heart disease, diabetes or a stroke.  Diet soda is clearly not the panacea that it appears to be.

People drink diet soda to lose weight and that does not seem to be working.  It is better to drink a occasional real soda so that the body registers it as real.  Better yet, try water with a squeeze of lemon or lime or just plain water to have a drink that quenches thirst, prevents dehydration and gives no calories without disrupting your metabolism.

Stay healthy & well,

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