Many people are under the impression that diet soda is better for you than regular soda. Sure, it has less, if any, calories but that isn’t the only thing people should be looking out for. I’m sure most people have been told that the chemicals in diet soda are worse for you than the sugar and calories in regular soda. So where is the research to back up this claim?
According to the Huffington Post article, This Might Explain Why Diet Soda Drinkers Are Often Overweight, researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel have discovered that, “artificial sweeteners may have a deleterious effect on our gut bacteria.” This can further cause a glucose intolerance that can lead to obesity and diabetes. Therefore, people who drink diet sodas think they are doing their bodies a favor; however, they are ultimately contradicting themselves.
Dr. Eran Elinav primarily conducted studies on mice. He established a control group: mice received either plain or sugar water. His experimental groups received water with an artificial sweetener such as sucralose, aspartame, or saccharin. Dr. Elinav found that, “the mice who had been drinking artificially sweetened water developed significant glucose intolerance.”
When he took his research and studied human subjects, he found similar results. “He found that those who reported eating more artificial sweeteners were more likely to be heavier, have larger waists and higher blood glucose levels when fasting.”
After hearing that diet soda is bad for you all my life, I’m glad that I found research to back up this theory. Although I’m not sure of further research, this study seemed pretty legitimate. I never drink diet soda myself and neither should anyone else if they want to avoid various health complications.