Yes – Diet soda may actually contribute to weight gain and diabetes! Diet sodas typically have 5 calories or less per serving but recent studies have found that people who drink diet sodas gain lots of weight. A study by S. Fowler at the University of Texas reported a 41% increase in risk of being overweight for every can/bottle of diet soda a person has each day.
Health experts do not believe the diet soda causes obesity?? Several theories for the weight gain exist:
· People drinking diet soda crave other sweet foods and these trigger the weight gain
· People who drink diet soda are already overweight and have poor eating habits
· When someone drinks a diet soda they think they can treat themselves to other unhealthy food selections (diet soda does not compensate for eating fried/fatty foods)
A report from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (called MESA Study) published in January 2009 in Diabetes Care found that people who drank at least one diet soda daily had a 67% greater risk of developing diabetes.
We know regular soft drinks are unhealthy, now we have data suggesting health risks with regular consumption of diet soda. Remember moderation is key or better yet drink more H2O….