Yep, Diet Soft Drink Is Just As Bad For You

Oh noes, a study presented at the American Diabetes Conference suggests diet soft drink is as bad for you as the regular stuff. It can make you fat and put you at risk for diabetes, stroke and heart disease. Flipping fantastic.

The statistics from these studies are depressing. One study looked at 474 diet drinkers and found that their belt size expanded 70 per cent more than those whose avoided diet alternatives. Even drinking two cans of soft drink a day can cause your waistline to grow five times more than non-drinkers in the study.

Why do you get so fat when the drinks are calorie free? Sharon Fowler of the UT Health Science centre at San Diego says it may involve artificial sweeteners and how they trigger your appetite. Drinking a diet soft drink could make you hungry, but without sugar, you don't get any satisfaction from the drink. Artificial sweeteners could also interact with your brain cells and prevent you from feeling full. Alone or combined, these effects could cause you to eat more than your should.

The only solution is to drink water. Ice cold water. [Health Freedom Alliance]

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    The answer is actually very simple. Aspartame and phenylalanine (the 2 most common atrificial sweeteners) are both toxic to your thyroid gland. The thyroid controls you metabolism. Therefore if you consume atrifical sweeteners, you actually reduce your ability to convert fats.. so you get fatter.

    Sugar is a known, proven contributor to a variety of health issues including diabetes and obesity and soft drinks are a major source of sugar.

    That some people put on weight despite consuming diet soft drinks is hardly surprising and the best they can come up with from their tiny sample size (relative to the scope of the obesity issue) are some "could be"s...this reminds me of people saying smoking can't be the problem as people who don't smoke can still get lung cancer. I applaud investigation into the effects of sugar and also artificial sweeteners but suggesting that people should abandon known good thinking without solid facts to back this up is irresponsible (ie by stating diet options are without benefit).

    Publishing this crap is misleading and bad for the dietary habits of the world. It serves not to educate but only confuses people more. Obesity is a massive issue worldwide and I don't think the author nor Gizmodo have shown any respect to that here.

    Here's an idea... Ban soft drink (both regular and diet) altogether. These drinks are completely toxic to the system! Drink water!

      Prohibition on soft drink hey. I'll get my bathtubs ready to start mixing up some diet-moonshine.

      Water is gross. I'll take a cordial thanks.

    Here is a even crazier idea to those above comments. You only get fat if you consume more than you use. Sooooo stop being lazy and work out. I eat whatever I want. I drink at least 2.5 liters of coke/soft-drink a day. I eat loads of junk food and I am skinny. Secret. I don't sit around on the weekend doing nothing. I workout and exercise most days during the week as well.

    A lot of people blame their jobs. I work in a office as a manager. 0730 starts and 1900 finishes and doing some work when I get home and on the week end, I easily do 60+ hours. It's math. Put out more than you put in and you can't get fat.

      Clearly, being a douchebag on the internet burns alot of calories.

        Hahahaha! Nice one Jack!

          ha ha ha ha..
          A pointless response to a pointless post.

      Actually Travis, I agree with you on that point.
      It's not what you eat / drink that makes you fat.
      There is no such thing as bad food.
      It's either food, or it isn't.
      Food, ANY food will make you fat if you consume more of it than you burn off.
      That's all there is to it.

      Sugar is a natural sweetener and is found in most natural foods. Aspartame is not, and is in fact absorbed as a highly toxic substance.

      Again, the only problem with sugar is peoples inability to control the amount they consume.
      Soft drinks etc are TREAT foods, not meant to be consumed in greater quantity than maybe, maybe, one can a day. You still need to get of your lazy lard a$$ once in a while.
      Oh and for the record, I drink maybe 4 or even 5 cans of Coke a day. But then I don't spend all my free time sat in front of the TV or at a keyboard.

    I used to drink enough Pepsi Max to be an ambassador for it, but I took a stand and moved away from it months ago and now I rarely drink cola at all, but when I do, just regular Pepsi.
    You're much better of with the regular, sugar based stuff than the artificial sweeteneer loaded cancer-in-a-can.

    Politicians need to campaign against artificial sweetener 951 in particular, but also against preservatives in all foods and drink, this is a step forward for the world.

    I almost always avoid anything with preservatives in it, there is only 1 brand of orange juice without it, Original Juice Co, and I drink the pulp free of course.

    Not entirely surprising, but perhaps they're misinterpreting the data here.
    Consider: people who are ALREADY fat are the ones who're most attracted to "diet" drinks because they think they can enjoy them without contributing to their weight problem.

    I think you'd that if you asked overweight and skinny people which types of beverage they drank most and why you'd find this to be the case.

    The brain cell/appetite stuff is nothing more than empty speculation because. Occam's razor would suggest you explored the simpler explanation before a silly complicated one.

    My understanding is that fat won't make you fat. Only eating more calories than you use will do that. From the study and the remarks I don't see anything that changes that basic fact. Why anyone would want 2 soft drinks a day of any kind is beyond me, but that's a personal choice, to me it just tastes nasty.

    I find this article extremely misleading. Those reasons are extremely flimsy. Where's the reasoning behind the claim that diet soft drinks will make you hungry? Artifical sweeteners 'may' stimulate appetite? Where's the evidence aside from a mere association? The entire study seems to be based on the fact that drinking diet drinks will not satisfy hunger and therefore you will want to eat other foods. Therefore it's not really diet sodas that will make you fat, it's the other foods that you consume. The answer is to not expect any nourishment or satisfaction from diet drinks other than the enjoyment of flavour, and just ensure that when you do eat, eat healthy foods.

    I can't understand why anyone drinks 'diet' softdrink. Look at the ingredients, it's almost like your drinking the contents of your shampoo. Gives me the creeps.

    Your standard coke, non-diet, is sugar, caramel, water, caffeine (would be nice if it weren't), and some naturally derived flavours.

    And yes, it's bad for you. But at least you know what you're getting. Have one every so often, and go outside and walk or something people, sheesh!

    First: the body is not a simple system, it does not go in=out. It is a complex system regulated by hormones and electrical impulses etc. So no, how 'fat' you are does not automatically relate to your exercise levels. Although exercise is very good for you and can help your body regulate your fat storage.

    The author should have cited their sources but there is well documented data that artificial sugar is very very bad for you. It messes with your metabolism and is trying to trick your brain. Hell, any sugar without fiber is pretty much bad for you. In nature sugar always comes with fiber which not only helps us process it but helps regulate the sugar levels in our blood. Soda=sugar without fiber= massive problems.

    And to the person that suggested occam's razor, you sir, are a moron. OF course the simpler explanations have been explored! But you can't apply a simple explanation to a complex problem!

    And at the end of the day the point really isn't, are people fatter if they do or don't drink diet drinks, it's ok what the hell is this chemical we're putting in our bodies doing and should we even be putting it there to begin with?

    Artificial sugar's effects on the human body is still not well understood. Further research needs to be done to ensure it is safe. We shouldn't just assume it is till it is proved otherwise. This isn't a law case against a human.

      So Deb, by your statement that "the body is not a simple system, it does not go in=out" I'm guessing that you are refuting the claim that obesity is caused by consuming more kilojoules than you burn?
      I'm very keen to hear your alternative view.... does the body manufacture fat from the air we breathe, or is it injected into our bodies by aliens while we sleep?

    To everyone, lets also not forget that there is a huge difference between fructose(bad) and glucose(good). I'll stick with glucose sugar.

    @Rob and @disappointed Check the wiki - there is lots of reference material, in regulated quantities most are safe-ish, but still, it took like 200 years before tobacco became a baddie:

    I can't believe the suckers who fell for the 'diet' drinks! It's like the tobacco companies coming out with 'light' cigs.

    Doesn't make a goddamn difference people.

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