Friday, September 19, 2014

More links between artificial sweeteners heavily used in diet soda and Diabetes

My ears perked up when I heard this (literally, because I first heard this on an NPR podcast). I vividly remember when diet soft drinks first came out. Diet coke, in particular, tasted like slightly watered down battery acid. But people were actually excited that they could drink diet versions of sodas while skipping the calories. Individuals with type II diabetes were appreciative of the opportunity to drink soft drinks minus the 60 grams of sugar usually contained in each can or bottle. Reducing sugar intake, of course, is a must for someone with diabetes.

It all seemed to good to be true. Perhaps it was.

Over the past few years, we've seen studies indicating that something wasn't quite right. Nutritionists never quite knew what the issue with diet soft drinks really was, but they speculated that the artificial sweeteners used in them increased a person's desire to consume sweet tasting foods leading to weight gain. They further posited that the sweeteners functioned as excitotoxins, basically tricking the body's insulin response to activate. Too much insulin production, as we know, can wear out pancreatic beta cells and also result in insulin resistance.

Finally, there's no denying that despite the perceived advantages of diet soft drinks, practically concurrent with their introduction into the market place obesity has gone up sharply and type II diabetes has become a national pandemic.

This article provides some illumination as to why and I would encourage you to read it. It provides some insight regarding the use of artificial sweeteners, i.e. you might want to think twice. As for me...I drink a lot more water these days.

Low-calorie sweeteners found in diet drinks RAISE the risk of obesity and diabetes by affecting how the body processes sugar

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