Since their introduction into the mainstream market, artificial sweeteners have garnered lots of attention, both positive and negative. Let face it, water is boring. Imagine being able to drink all the delicious soda you want, without worrying about the negative impacts of sugar. And because of that reason, zero-calorie drinks have taken the beverage market by storm.
But is it all too good to be true?
FIND OUT IF ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS ARE REALLY YOUR IDEAL OPTION
HEALTH RISKS OF ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS
Sugar-free sweeteners like aspartame came under very heavy scrutiny throughout the 1990s because it was believed that continuous consumption of this chemical could increase your chances of getting cancer, among other health problems.
This sparked a chain of studies (well over 50), and while there were no direct links between aspartame and cancer found, many of the studies that did find links to other negative conditions were revealed to be heavily flawed.
ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS AND YOUR PHYSIQUE
If you’re drinking artificial sweeteners instead of regular soda, there’s a pretty good chance you know the effects that excess amounts of sugar have on the body and are trying to avoid that outcome at all costs. While switching to diet soda may seem like the logical thing to do, it can actually have a detrimental effect on your overall eating habits and, ultimately, your body composition.
The reason for this is simple — our bodies do need a certain amount of sugar to function properly. I’m not saying you should eat a tablespoon per day of refined table sugar; what I am saying is the simple carbs you consume should come from healthy sources like rice or vegetables.
Incorporating large amounts of diet soda into your diet will cause you to crave more sweets, or more specifically, the sugar you would normally get from sweet foods. And while you satisfy your taste buds with that sugar-free beverage, your brain is not. This often results in eventually splurging on foods that are high in sugar, causing insulin levels to go off the charts.
If you’re going to drink diet soda, keep it to a minimum. I’d recommend 250ml serving per week at the most, just to treat yourself. I know water doesn’t seem so exciting, but you also have to take into account that while diet soda tastes good, there are other things you should consider.
Water doesn’t contain any sodium or carbon dioxide in the way diet soda does. Also, from an aesthetic standpoint, water won’t stain your teeth as some diet sodas will.