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3 Facts And Debunked Myths About Diet Soda

Diet soda is a popular drink all over the world. Some people believe it can reduce their sugar or calorie intake, while others believe it can help them lose weight because it contains artificial sweeteners like aspartame, cyclamate, saccharin, acesulfame-k or sucralose — in other words, its sweetness is not natural. 

It has also been linked to different kinds of diseases, and there are studies supporting it. With numerous claims, it is difficult to spot the truth from not. 

Myth: Diet soda is effective in weight loss.
Truth: Diet soda can make people gain weight.

Since the name includes “diet,” most people think it could help them reduce weight. Sadly, it will not. This beverage is a mixture of carbonated water, artificial or natural sweetener, colors, flavors and other food additives. Brands have different recipes for their diet sodas. However, the common ingredients in diet soda include carbonated water, sweeteners, acid, colors, flavors, preservatives, vitamins and minerals, and caffeine.

According to Mic, when artificial sweeteners in soda, yogurt or others hit the brain, it automatically sends a signal to the pancreas to begin producing insulin — a peptide hormone that tells the cells to either use sugar as food or store it as fat. Once the pancreas produces insulin to deal with anticipated sugar but there is no sugar will, it confuses the body and disrupts its metabolic process. This could be the reason why several studies have shown a link between regularly drinking diet soda and metabolic syndrome. It also conditions the taste bud for sweetness and makes people crave for more.

Myth: Diet soda can cause cancer.
Truth: It has no links to cancer.

Most studies about artificial sweeteners and diet soda show no evidence that it causes cancer. There was a report of a slight increase in lymphoma and multiple myeloma in men. However, the results are weak.

Myth: Diet soda causes diabetes.
Truth: There is no causality between diet soda and diabetic or pre-diabetic conditions.

In a 2009 study in the journal Diabetes Care, the authors of the study concluded that there is no causality between diet soda and diabetic or pre-diabetic conditions. This means that diet soda does not cause weight-related conditions. The subject of the study, who was a person with diabetes consuming diet soda, was already overweight and was just trying to cut down calories with diet soda.

Some of the studies indeed sound quite alarming. However, it requires more high-quality experimental studies before concluding the health effects of diet soda.