For years, people believed switching from regular soda to diet soda was a healthy choice. Recent research shows that this might not be such a positive choice after all. It may not be the ingredients in the diet soda causing health problems, but that drinking soda (of any type) is an indicator of other questionable eating habits. This confirms what we’ve all known for years: you can’t redeem a burger and fries with a diet soda. (Though goodness knows we’ve tried! J)
There also is a theory that sweeteners in diet soda make you want to eat more sweets. This theory is based on the fact that despite the increasing availability of sweeteners such as saccharin, aspartame and sucralose, there are still increasing numbers of overweight people. If these work so well, why arent’t we all thin? But this is just a theory at this point. Stay tuned as more is revealed through future research. n discussing the latest research on alternative sweeteners,
The April 2006 issue of the Environmental Nutrition newsletter concluded that “one diet drink a day or NutraSweet in your morning coffee is not anything to worry about. But if you regularly consume much more than that or eat several low-calorie foods sweetened with aspartame, Environmental Nutrition suggests consider switching to products that use a less controversial sweetener like sucralose (Splenda) or a sucralose blend.”
Bottom line: Keep sodas of all kinds at a minimum. Over time you can retrain your habits and taste buds to put Water First!