The last one is what makes me mad. Every day I watch unhealthy people in wheelchairs load cases of diet soda in their carts. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard, “I never drank regular soda and I still got diabetes. I guess it was just my genes.”
Artificial sweeteners also make you fatter, the opposite of what most people think:
A University of Texas Health Science Center study found that the more diet sodas a person drank, the greater their risk of becoming overweight. Downing just two or more cans a day increased waistlines by 500%. Why? Artificial sweeteners can disrupt the body’s natural ability to regulate calorie intake based on the sweetness of foods. (link)
I just read this interesting article on the 7 Side Effects of Drinking Diet Soda and was grateful that I’ve always avoided it as well as taught my family to do the same. The National Diabetes Association actually recommends sugar in moderation over artificial. They say:
The myth that sugar causes diabetes is commonly accepted by many people. Research has shown that it isn’t true. Eating sugar has nothing to do with developing type 1 diabetes. (link)
The best policy is to be a questioning consumer. Read product labels, google those ingredients and find out what’s really going into your body… and what it can do to you.