Check out the sister article to this one, Why Soft Drinks Are Hazardous To Your Health, for info on how the other ingredients in regular soft drinks affect your body…
Aspartame and it’s derivative, Neotame, two of the most commonly used artificial sweeteners used in diet/sugar free products on the market today, have been a hot topic in the news recently.
As it turns out, these artificial, chemical sweeteners are neurotoxins and endocrine disrupters which are commonly used as a sugar substitutes in diet sodas and almost all other “sugar-free” products:
- Breath Mints
- Soft Drinks
- Chewing Gum
- Flavored Syrups for Coffee
- Flavored Water Products
- Sugar Free Jello/Pudding
- Hard/Soft Candies
- Ice Creams, No Sugar Added or Sugar Free
- Instant Cocoa Mix
- Meal Replacements
- Nutritional/Sports Bars
- Protein/Nutritional Drinks
- Table Top Sweeteners
There are over 92 different serious health side effects associated with aspartame consumption including headaches, memory problems, anxiety, brain fog, depression, skin irritations, menstrual problems, fibromyalgia, joint pain, brain tumors, birth defects, diabetes, emotional disorders, epilepsy and seizures.
As if that isn’t enough, there is now new research showing that Aspartame and Neotame may also be linked to a much higher risk for stroke and other vascular events. Although research is still being conducted and these latest findings have not yet been published, it’s still worth paying attention to, as there are already hundreds of published studies linking artificial sweeteners like aspartame to serious health complications.
“But isn’t diet soda healthier than regular soda?” It’s a moot point, folks- neither one is even remotely close to being healthy. True, habitually drinking regular, sugar-filled soda is like a one way ticket to diabetes-ville, (amongst a laundry list of other health compromising complications), but diet sodas come action-packed with their own large set of side effects. The “diet craze” is especially insidious because one of the biggest marketing and PR tactics for man-made chemical sweeteners has been the claim that they help in the battle against obesity…
The truth is that it doesn’t. It never has and never will, despite the billions of dollars spent annually by the soda industry on public relations and advertising.
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why Coca-Cola has to spend $3 billion a year on marketing? Could it be because they want you “feel good” about their products and not think about the actual ingredients?
There is absolutely no proof that diet soda helps people lose weight- in fact, zero studies have shown a positive correlation between drinking diet soda and weight loss. On the contrary, there’s significant research and epidemiologic data that suggests the opposite is true- that diet sodas and other artificially sweetened products actually lead — quite powerfully — to weight gain.
Diet sodas are also billed as being good for type 2 diabetics and other blood-sugar- challenged types, but they absolutely are NOT. Because of something called the “cephalic phase response,” your body tastes the sweetness, and even though there are no calories to shuttle, the brain triggers a release of insulin from the pancreas and a “Sugar is coming! Stop-burning fat” response from the liver. The result is the usual array of insulin-related problems: an increase in appetite, increase in fat storage, increased system-wide inflammation, and a confusion of the body’s built-in calorie monitoring systems, all of which compel you to plump up and eat even more unhealthy stuff later.
Yet somehow, despite all it’s obvious health-obliterating effects, diet sodas somehow get a pass in practically all weight-loss plans, and are actually promoted by many dietitians as “free” foods or “good” treats despite the fact that they are most definitely the opposite of healthy. They are aggressively advertised as being “better choices” for health- and weight-conscious people, and as a result, many kids and teenagers make them a habit early in life. Folks, it’s all MARKETING! Don’t be fooled!
Soda is one big reason, nutritionally speaking, why so many people suffer health problems. Aside from the negative effects of the soda itself, drinking a lot of soda is likely to leave you with little appetite for the types of nutritionally sound food/drink that your body really needs and that would ACTUALLY help you achieve the fitness level that you’d like to have.
Folks, our health problems do not just begin on their own for no reason. We encourage the degradation of our body into illness and disease, little-by-little, by choosing unhealthy lifestyle and dietary choices and by NOT choosing preventative health care measures, such as Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a nourishing diet and a wellness-focused lifestyle.
For those of you who find yourself addicted to sodas or diet sodas, please know that thousands before you have been able to break their addiction and have then found themselves astonished by how much better they feel. Kicking the soft drink habit is a critical step for achieving lasting health and weight loss. Your choice to change this habit can literally transform your health and cause you to lose weight, reverse symptoms of diabetes, enhance bone density, support healthy brain function and even protect your body’s nervous system.
So what’s the solution? You can reverse the process of destruction on your body and instead of adding fat and calories to your body, and overtaxing your liver with undesirable toxins by simply trading soda for WATER!
• Is vital for cleansing your body of toxins
• Helps shed pounds of unneeded fats – ultimately the best diet aid
• Hydrates the skin and slows down the aging process
• Vital for chemical reactions in digestion and metabolism of foods
• Energizes the body through the cleansing process
I recommend that you start each day with a big bottle of pure, filtered spring water with a slice of cucumber, orange or lemon floating in it. Keep it with you wherever you go and sip away throughout the day, avoid the soda aisles and vending machines, don’t keep soda at home, and just see if you don’t start feeling better yourself.
This information brought to you by your friendly neighborhood Austin Acupuncturist, Melanie Irvine, L.Ac., MAOM, owner Turning Point Wellness. For more info about how Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, and natural nutrition can help you achieve vibrant health and well-being. Feel free to visit my website, www.TurningPointAcupuncture.net for more details and direct contact information.
Judith Valentine, PhD, CNA, CNC, “Soft Drinks – America,” 2001, http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/soft-drinks-america.html
Megan, selected from Experience Life, “Dangers of Diet Soda,”4-8-10, http://www.care2.com/greenliving/dangers-of-diet-soda.html#comment-1733667