While many people trying to lose weight turn to diet sodas to help them with their weight loss success, it isn’t the panacea many thought and hoped it was. In fact, a Purdue University study has found that diet sodas are linked to a long list of health problems, including diabetes, obesity and heart disease, and may not be any better than their more sugary counterparts.
Susie Swithers, a professor of psychological sciences and behavioral neuroscientist, reviewed several studies that looked at whether drinking diet soft drinks over a long period of time increases the likelihood that a person develop other health problems. One study found that people who drank artificially sweetened soda were more likely to experience weight gain than those who drank regular soda. Other studies found that those who drank diet soda had twice the risk of developing diabetes or heart disease than those who did not.
Most of the studies included drinks that contain aspartame, sucralose and saccharin, and about 30 percent of American adults regularly consume these sweeteners. While they’ve only been around the past 25 years, the consumption of these drinks have skyrocketed, but so has concerns over obesity.
Unfortunately, many organizations, such as the American Diabetes Association, support the use of low- and no-calorie sweeteners to help maintain a healthy weight, despite several studies that show the adverse effects that artificial sweeteners have on the body.