Bad news for diet soda lovers.
A study presented at an American Diabetes Association meeting this week showed that diet soda actually RAISED blood sugar in mice prone to diabetes AND led to a larger waistline in humans.
Researchers running the San Antonio Longitudinal Study of Aging collected height, weight, waist circumference and diet soda intake data from 474 elderly people, then followed up with them an average of 9.5 years later.
Those who drank ONE diet soda a day had developed waist circumferences 70% greater than those who did not drink diet soda. People drinking at least TWO diet sodas a day blew up 500% more than those not drinking diet soda.
In a second study, researchers fed aspartame — an artificial sweetener found in diet soda — to diabetes prone mice for three months and found the animals had higher blood glucose levels than those not fed the sweetener.
Although we're not experts, we're leaning toward agreeing with researcher Helen P. Hazuda, Ph.D., who came to the conclusion:
"Data from this and other prospective studies suggest that the promotion of diet sodas and artificial sweeteners as healthy alternatives may be ill-advised. They may be free of calories but not of consequences."
If you're looking to cut calories, why not just cut soda entirely from your diet and replace it with another 0 calorie option — water!
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