The Health Effect Of Diet Soda


Diet soda is very bad for your body.

When sugared soda drinks were introduced to the market many years ago, people were frantic for it – I want to buy a Coke! Give me some Pepsi! That’s what I want – Dr. Peppers! Over consumption of sugar is a very serious health problem in the United States today and so, people thought that when zero calorie drinks were marketed, it is “healthy”. Wrong. The obesity rate of people in the US is still increasing. One of the reasons why is because of “diet soda”.

When you buy drinks, everything about its components, ingredients and nutrients are found at the back label. People can easily look it up and read about a certain ingredient – if it is truly healthy for the body or not. We should not be listening to the ads of the companies because more often, they would lie about it. They want sales and they can’t care less if their clients die of obesity-related issues or not. The fact remains that people are lazy in researching about these so-called nutrients or that they know it’s unhealthy and yet, they’re not alarmed. They don’t care if they are obese or not. Question is, are you one of these people?


Research proves that diet soda is linked with obesity.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information published a journal online about diet soda and sugar cravings. Qing Yang, the researcher responsible for this study, exposed that consumption of diet soda for a long period of time will lead to weight gain. It’s not true that because the drink is called “diet”, it will make a person thin. In the long run, those who love diet soda are overweight, if not obese, due to the artificial sweeteners present in their diet drinks and the after effect.

Consuming diet drinks will promote a craving for more calories afterwards – meaning, your mind is telling the body that it lacks sugar and it needs to be “filled”. That is the effect of diet soda on the mind and body according to the paper published by the Science Direct website titled “The effect of non-caloric sweeteners on cognition, choice, and post-consumption satisfaction”.

A person’s body responds in a different way – for example, if the tongue can sense a sweet taste, then, the body must be contented or filled up with sugar. The problem with diet drinks is that due to the artificial sweeteners, it will taste sweet, but there is no real sugar. Because of this “trick”, the body is messed up in a way and will over consume later on until it is satisfied.

A research was completed by 115 contributors who abstained from food and drinks for eight hours. After that, they picked up a 12-ounce unmarked tumbler with a drink inside according to their cluster. There were separated into three clusters wherein cluster one had Sprite (high in sugar), cluster two had Sprite Zero (artificial sweetener) and cluster three had lemon-lime-water concoction.

They drank the beverage after the fast and then, the participants were directed to finish a computer examination. An image was presented and the contributors were to locate the letters and spell the name of the image as shown. The participants’ response time were also recorded.

Cluster two (Sprite Zero drinkers) answered quickly compared to all the others and it was noted that they were quick to name high calorie foods. After that, the same contributors were asked to pick up whatever they liked in a box with three foods – a packet of M & M’s, Trident (a sugar-free gum) and water. Contributors who drank the Sprite Zero (cluster two) picked the M&M’s 2.93 times more compared to the others.

The researchers can’t identify a certain assumption to it apart from the fact that there is a link between artificial sweetened food and body response. It is sure though that the body will yearn a high calorie and sweetened food right after drinking something artificially sweetened. It is to fix the sugar craving.


Is this good or bad? What do you think?

If the body will crave for more, meaning it will have to eat or drink some more. And this is bad because it can really cause obesity. Not only that, obesity is also related with many mental health issues. It’s not just about the body anymore. It is also about the mind – mental and emotional aspects. Some studies say that obesity and depression go hand in hand.

So, if possible, avoid diet drinks. Seek counseling through the BetterHelp website as well if need be.

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