Saturday, September 25, 2010

No More Diet Sodas!!!

I have always heard bad things about diet soda. It's not that I didn't believe what people said, it's just that I didn't really care too much, and I wasn't about to switch to regular soda, and consume even more calories. But today I was reading an article on ShapeFit about how these artificial sweeteners (A.S) in diet drinks cause a number of side effects:
  •  appetite stimulation
  • increased carbohydrate cravings
  • stimulation of fat storage and weight gan.
On top of these issues with A.S., they also can trigger or worsen the following diseases:

  • Brain tumors
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Mental retardation
  • Lymphoma
  • Birth defects
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Diabetes

 This is horrible!! I don't want subject myself to these kinds of diseases! I thought diet coke was clearly the better option over coke, but it looks like I was dead wrong!
I'm making a commitment right now to stop the artificial sweeteners, including Splenda. I'm just going to use sugar from now on (if I'm drinking Iced Tea) or just drink water! This is crazy. I was also reading about Aspartame, one of the most common A.S's out there, and it's also the most dangerous.


Heather Hawkinson said...

I have heard the same thing, Christina. I gave up diet sodas a while ago. I do use Splenda rarely (about once a week) at places that don't have sweet tea, but need to give up that as well.

Melih Ertekin said...

my mom says they cause cancer
but i love me some diet coke with lime

...then again, what doesnt cause cancer these days? i think AS's are ok in moderation

Mary :: A Merry Life said...

I think this is a GREAT thing to commit to! Diet sodas might not have calories but they aren't good for you. Especially if you drink them like water. It might be hard to stop at first but it's a good thing and you can do it!