The Diet Soda Debate
Diet soda... harmless or dangerous?
Diet soda. A guiltless pleasure or a cancer-causing threat? The debate goes back and forth; leaving an air of mystery surrounding the beverage of choice for many Americans. It is important that a Blissful Belle receives accurate information about the drink and makes a personal decision regarding the issue. At the end of the day, it is your own body and you have the power to choose how you want to take care of it.
First comes the good then comes the bad…
Diet Soda: Pros – A guiltless pleasure
- Less calories. Many young Blissful Belles get their daily Diet Coke fix as a calorie-free pleasure. According to dietsoda.org, diet soda can help reduce calorie intake and therefore aid in weight loss and weight maintenance. For many, the diet beverage variety is their saving grace. Chocolate cake or Diet Sprite? It is up to you to decide.
- Pleasure. Many people drink diet soda for the pure enjoyment it brings them. The refreshing and bubbly beverage will no doubt bring a smile to your face after a long day. According to mayoclinic.com, drinking a reasonable amount of diet soda a day, one or two, isn’t likely to hurt you. The site goes on to state that the artificial sweeteners and chemicals are okay for most people and that there is no credible evidence when it comes to the connection between cancer and diet soda consumption.
- Alertness. Busy schedules and lack of sleep are sending many individuals to the land of diet beverages. A quick and calorie-free refreshment can cure a headache and allow a Blissful Belle to pound out that one last writing assignment. However, there are many other more natural options to increase alertness like green tea.
You have the pros. Start thinking about your take on the issue as we delve into the cons of the much debated beverage choice.
Diet Soda: Cons – A cancer-causing threat
- Cancer. The link between cancer and diet soda has been debated for quite a long time. It started out with a study that showed when rats ingested a diet soda artificial sweetener called cyclamate it jeopardized their health and caused cancer. Since then, the Food and Drug Administration has cleared the use of artificial sweeteners in the current diet beverages. Many diet soda drinks around the world still use cyclamate. As a good rule of thumb, always read the label! It is hard to seek the truth and have a clear idea of what is actually going into your body with these regulations going back and forth and new research coming out by the day. Only time will tell the real link between cancer and diet soda.
- Weight gain. The latest buzz is about a potential connection between diet soda and weight gain. The spark of this news occurred after Purdue researchers completed a rat lab study that tested the body’s ability to regulate artificial sweeteners. According to webmd.com, the science behind this theory is that diet soda breaks the connection between sweet taste and calories. This poses a problem because artificial sweeteners interfere with the body’s ability to judge calorie content. The body ‘s signals become confused and can’t categorize what we consume. To sum it up: Body confusion = weight issues.
- Fake ingredients. As a savvy Blissful Belle, it is a smart idea to always check the ingredients. After all, you want to know what you are actually eating and drinking, right? The ingredients, chemicals and artificial sweeteners used in diet sodas have become a source of much debate. According to livestrong.com, the first ingredient is carbonated water, but after that the list varies. Diet sodas almost always contain phosphoric acid and artificial sweeteners. According to the Livestrong site, phosphoric acid causes mineral loss from the body, reducing calcium benefits.
The diet soda debate will continue on until research shows definite facts that stand the test of time. For now, it would be prudent to do your research and make an educated decision to be a healthy belle. This information is just the tip of the iceberg and is meant to give you the tools to make the best decision for your body. If you are still in love with your Diet Coke, remember that moderation is always key and keep it to one to two drinks a day. Try drinking carbonated water if you are looking to find an alternative to diet beverages. Remember it is ultimately your decision in this diet soda debate because as Henri Amiel said, “in health there is freedom, health is the first of all liberties.”