Diet sodas have been around for years! They seemingly offer a good alternative for those who are watching their caloric consumption or just want less sugar in their diet. But are they really as healthy as it sounds? Or is there more to the chemicals used in place of the sugar than may meet the eye?
Do Artificial Sweeteners Work?
According to research done by Brooke Alpert, RD and author of The Sugar Detox, "the artificial sweeteners can have a more intense flavor than real sugar, so over time products like diet soda dull our sense to naturally sweet foods like fruit. Even more troubling, these sugar stand-ins have been shown to have the same effect on your body as sugar. They can trigger insulin which sends your body into fat storage mode and leads to weight gain."
A study done back in 2009 of over 3,000 women found a link between diet soda and kidney problems.
‘While more study is needed, our research suggests that higher sodium and artificially sweetened soda intake are associated with greater rate of decline in kidney function,’ said Dr. Julie Lin MD, MPH, FASN of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston and coauthor of the study.
Researchers found that women who drank two or more diet sodas a day had as much as a 30% decrease in kidney function.
Are There Safe Alternatives?
While water is always the best solution for hydrating your body, sometimes it can be nice to have something a little sweet or bubbly. What option are available that can be safe and delicious? Check out my video below for what I use in place of diet drinks:
To give you multiple options, I've put together a list of drink ideas and substitutions! Remember that these healthier options help support healthy metabolism, energy, mood and more.Things such as a few slices of fresh fruit mixed with a few drops of essential oils can be fun and refreshing! What is your favorite combination for a healthy drink substitute?
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