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The Not So “Diet” Soda

Posted: April 15, 2013 in Healthy Choices
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The other day I was approached by a woman at my gym where I train at.  I was teaching an abs class when she came up to me asking about my hours and how she could sign up for one of my classes.   No problem, nothing unusual, except while talking to her I couldn’t help notice her red coozie she was holding with a nice big straw coming out from the top.  Couldn’t really see what it was so I asked, “whats that you’re drinking?”.  She replied, “Oh its my diet soda.”  “I’m really trying to cut back on my calories so I like to drink this while I workout, it gives me energy.”  “sigh”………There were so many things I wanted to say at that moment, but I was still in the middle of a class. So I grinned and just told her to please talk to me before she leaves.  Needless to say she left before I could talk to her.

Now I know most of you would never do this…right!? 🙂   (I am still shaking my head about it.)    But I do think most people are a bit misinformed when it comes to these zero calorie, zero sugar soft drinks.  So here is a list of 5 long-term health effects that drinking diet soda has on you and your body.

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The main one I want you to pay attention to is the ingredient Aspartame. Doing research around the web I’ve found plenty of websites relating this sweetener to so many terrible health risk,including cancer. Whether they are all true or not is unclear, but why risk it? Just something to think about when you reach for that second or third glass of Diet Soda.

I do want to say though, switching from regular soda to diet will help you lose weight short-term. Cutting 150 calories (if you only drink one a day) and the extra sugar from your diet will drop the scale down a bit. But its the long-term effects of Diet sodas that you at least need to be aware of.

Everything in moderation is the key. Drink more water and have a great week! 🙂