It’s one of the most enduring myths I’ve ever come up against.
There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t run into at least one person that’s bought into it hook, line and sinker.
And despite all the evidence to the contrary, I’m not sure if we’ll ever put this myth to bed entirely.
But by golly, I sure am going to try.
I’m talking, of course, about the myth of “diet” soda.
The myth is that switching to diet soda is a good way to avoid gaining weight and raising your risk for diabetes
But the fact is diet soda is actually LINKED to diabetes.
Diet soda linked to a 60% rise in diabetes risk
A study published a few years back SHOULD have put the final nail in the coffin. But diet soda sales are still going strong.
French researchers were stunned when their analysis of over 66,000 women revealed that diabetes risk is actually HIGHER for diet soda drinkers than for those drinking the full-sugar stuff.
And we’re not talking about a little statistical blip here either.
The study found that that the ladies gulping down the calorie-free pop had a stunning 60 percent higher risk of having type 2 diabetes!
Researchers are still working out exactly WHY this is the case, but I can help them out with at least part of the answer.
Fooling Mother Nature isn’t as easy as it looks.
Let me explain…
Aspartame causes cravings & blood sugar bumps
When you down a diet soda you’re pulling a fast one on your taste buds, trying to fool them into “thinking” they’re tasting something truly sweet. And for most of us that works reasonably well.
But the problem is, while your tongue might be fooled by the artificial sweetener your body is, at best, confused. It expected sugar, but didn’t get it.
That can kick your sugar cravings into overdrive, causing many diet soda drinkers to make up for those “saved” calories by eating something else… often something sugary or heavy in carbs.
But that’s not the only problem the aspartame can cause.
It turns out that sugar-free drink could also cause a bounce in your blood sugar. And we’ve known about it for well over fifteen years now.
Researchers documented blood-sugar fluctuations in those given the artificial sweetener way back in 1999. And another group of scientists backed up those findings—confirming bouncing blood sugar and insulin levels in reaction to aspartame laced food—in 2007.
It’s high time we bury the diet soda myth.
Making the switch to so-called diet drinks is more likely to RAISE your diabetes risk than lower it. And when you factor in that aspartame is a known carcinogen the truth becomes crystal clear, diet soda is a killer in disguise.
Kick the habit today.
Dr. Allan Spreen
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