Can Diet Sodas Actually Make You Fatter?

Written by  //  June 27, 2011  //  Nutrition  //  No comments

by Ben Mills/ wikipedia

Well can they?

If they can, I think this might make many people, especially people that are struggling with their weight, yet enjoy the taste of a good soda, a might sad.

Unfortunately, according to not one, but two different studies, diet soda, may not be that “diet” after all.  According to the EurekAlert! press release, Related studies point to the illusion of the artificial; two separate studies were reported at the 71st annual American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions, describing the unhealthy nature of diet sodas.

In a large study known as the San Antonio Longitudinal Study of Aging, (SALSA), epidemiologists from the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio examined the relationship between deit sodas and waist size.  This study, which has lasted over a decade, has shown that the long-term diet soda users had a 70% increase in waist size.  This study took into account other factors including overall health, physical activity, nationality, etc.  It would be interesting to see what differences existed between normal soda and diet soda.  Does diet soda actually have any effect on waist size compared to a normal sugary drink?  Either way this is something that should be taken into account if you are trying to lose weight or if you are diabetic.

In a related project the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Drs. Ganesh Halade, and Gabriel Fernandes,  found that aspartame, the main sweetener in many diet sodas actually significantly increased fasting glucose levels in diabetic mice, compared to mice that weren’t given aspartame.  How this exactly relates to humans is unclear, but it does show a potential health problem with diabetic patients and diet sodas.

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