While sipping a diet soda might seem like no big deal, especially if you lead a relatively healthy life, a surprising number of solid studies show quite the opposite, that drinking Diet Coke and Aspartame can greatly interfere with your health. In the words of Dr. Helen Hazuda, professor of medicine at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, [Diet soda] may be free of calories, but not of consequences.” And she wasn’t talking about the caffeine… Interpreting the data of two studies, Dr. Hazuda pointed out that it caused a blood sugar spike in mice, and suggested that diet sodas may inhibit the signal that tells you when you’re full.
Here are 6 more reasons to give up diet soda:
1.Aspartame’s been linked to cancer. A lot.
Aspartame is “generally recognized as safe” by the FDA while substantial data has shown its link to cancer. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) cautions against Aspartame because it’s poorly tested, and contains three well-recognized neurotoxins. Aspartame was found to increase cancer risk if exposure begins in the womb, reported a study at the Cesare Maltoni Cancer Research Center. And various studies have linked lymphoma and tumors in rats. And beware the BPA of cans and caramel coloring, reports Grist.
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