By Dagan: (NaturalNews) New research reports that drinking diet sodas cause people to gain weight and develop more belly fat than others. Belly fat is associated with increased risk for heart disease and diabetes. This fat, called visceral fat, is located between the abdominal muscles and the skin. Research shows that people who drank diet sodas developed three times the amount of belly fat as those who did not drink diet sodas. Other research has discovered that gut flora is changed in people who drink artificially sweetened diet sodas, probably due to acidity.
By Wells: (NaturalNews) First of all, artificial sweeteners are linked to diabetes, so let's not even go there. According to a new study, reaching for "fake" sugars means trading calories for type 2 diabetes -- no thanks! A better choice would be to eat organic honey and exercise, but doctors don't tell you that. So we turn to research for validation. In the journal Nature, they've been debating the risks of artificial sweeteners for decades, but the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel figured out that diet sodas ruin your gut microbes, thus ruining immunity.
Diet soda was, for a long time, touted almost as a cure-all for those people who love to drink these fizzy, sparkling, bubbly beverages to do so nearly without guilt. With diet sodas that offer their sweetened liquid without all the weight-producing calories, people could continue to drink to their heart's content without worrying about gaining weight or harming their teeth and bones. The advent of diet soda meant that Americans, who, on average, drink around two cans of soda each day, did not have to kick their soda habit after all. Diet soda, however, did not end up being the cure that people had hoped it would be.
Sodas have a reputation for being among the worst drinks available health-wise. For one, these drinks contain loads of sugar, which makes frequent consumption of these drinks a potential trigger for diabetes mellitus, one of the most dreaded diseases of our time. Because of this, people are making a switch to diet soda products. But studies show that replacing soda with their diet variants doesn't necessarily decrease the risk. In fact, the opposite just might be true. Does diet soda increase the risk of diabetes?
Sweetened beverages, particularly "diet" ones, may significantly increase your risk of depression, while coffee may slightly lower it, according to a study conducted by researchers from the National Institutes of Health and due to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 65th Annual Meeting in March.
Using diet sodas or sugar-sweetened regular sodas may increase risk of leukemia in men, but not in women, according to a new study published on Oct 24, 2012 in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Diet soda often uses aspartame, an artificial sweetener that has been linked to leukemia in animal studies.
New study finds potential link between daily consumption of diet soft drinks and risk of vascular events