Nutrition

Diet Soda Elimination Challange

It’s the same dilemma over and over again. I sit down at a restaurant to eat, and the first thing the waiters ask is what I would like to drink with my meal. Water doesn’t sound as tasty. A sugary Coke has too many calories, it’s too early for beer or wine, so I order a diet soda. But I know that neither diet nor regular soda is a healthy choice when it comes to soda consumption. Diet soda may seem the lesser of the two evils, but is it? Recent research has shown that you may actually be doing more harm than good to your body with diet soda. That’s because what you are really ingesting is nothing more than a chemical cocktail loaded with absolutely no nutritional value whatsoever.
Researchers from the University of Texas found that over the course of about a decade, diet soda drinkers had a greater increase in waist circumference compared with non-drinkers. And participants who drank two or more sodas a day experienced an even greater increase. The reason is that artificial sweeteners confuse the body both physically and even psychologically. It’s easier to justify that double cheeseburger or an extra slice of pizza when you think that you had a zero-calorie drink to go with it. But that is not the worst of it.

Drinking one diet soda a day was associated with a 36% increased risk of metabolic syndrome and diabetes in a University of Minnesota study. Metabolic syndrome describes a cluster of conditions: elevated glucose levels, higher cholesterol, and larger waist circumference. Other risks included having a higher risk for stroke, increased vascular events and headaches, damaged teeth from citric acid erosion, and an increased risk for depression.
Diet sodas also tend to dull our taste buds because the artificial sweeteners found in the drinks tend to have a more intense flavor than natural sugar. This makes naturally sweet foods like fruit seem not as appetizing. These artificial sweeteners have also been shown to have the same effect on our bodies as natural sugar. “Artificial sweeteners trigger insulin, which sends your body into fat storage mode and leads to weight gain,” Alpert says. So that diet soda that you thought was helping you to lose weight may be actually causing weight gain!

Now I would like you to stop and think about if you have actually lost weight since you have been drinking diet sodas?
So now I would like to challenge you by asking you to give up diet soda today! And if you do, I think you may find that your food will have more flavor, your sugar and salty food choices will change, you may reach for healthier snacks and feel more fulfilled after your meal, and you may smile at your scale once again because you may have started drinking diet soft drinks to facilitate weight loss, but quitting it may be the actually correct choice because your pancreas will no longer release all of those fat-storing insulin hormones.
We at Savour recommend drinking sparkling water if you desire that fizziness found in sodas, trying infused water using fruits and or vegetables, or trying some herbal teas. Let us know how you are doing and what new recipes you have come up with during your challenge.

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