Food Safe Guru – Diet soda makes you fat, really?

Posted on July 5, 2012 by

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If you learn one new piece of information a day, you are doing well. There are so many food recalls and food allergen recalls, that this piece of information is a breath of fresh air.

I am always trying to diet. Diet sodas are something I thought I could count on. After all, no calories and fizzy, is just what I like in the middle of the day. In an article in Health Pop,Just how does diet soda make you fat? The other study may hold the answer. In it, researchers divided mice into two groups, one of which ate food laced with the popular sweetener aspartame. After three months, the mice eating aspartame-chow had higher blood sugar levels than the mice eating normal food. The authors said in a written statement their findings could “contribute to the associations observed between diet soda consumption and the risk of diabetes in humans.”

But how?

“Artificial sweeteners could have the effect of triggering appetite but unlike regular sugars they don’t deliver something that will squelch the appetite,” Sharon Fowler, obesity researcher at UT Health Science Center at San Diego and a co-author on both of these studies, told the Daily Mail. She also said sweeteners could inhibit brain cells that make you feel full.

So if sugar soda is no good, and diet soda isn’t either – what should we be drinking?

Dr. Hazuda told the Daily Mail, “I think prudence would dictate drinking water.”

I like artifical sugar in coffee, on oatmeal, and yes, even on fruit. I will have to stop cold turkey.
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