Is diet soda bad for you? Specifically, does it actually help you lose weight?
Long story short, no. In fact, a Purdue researcher says public health officials should tell people to avoid diet soda much like they do with regular, sugar-sweetened soda. Susan E. Swithers, Ph.D., a professor of psychological sciences and a behavioral neuroscientist at Purdue says warnings may need to be expanded to include limiting intake of all sweeteners, including no-calorie sweeteners.
Swithers reviewed a set of recent studies aiming to answer the question, “Is diet soda bad for you?” She found that about 30 percent of American adults and 15 percent of American children ingest artificial sweeteners, including aspartame, sucralose, and saccharin.
“There is a lot of pressure from the public health sector to find solutions to counter the rise of obesity and chronic disease, and there is a lot of money and business at stake for the food industry as it develops and promotes these products.
Beverages are becoming political issues as government leaders and politicians seek regulation and taxing to limit their availability and consumption, but most of these measures exclude diet soft drinks because they are perceived as healthy.
When it comes to making policy decisions, it’s more important than ever that the science is considered and that the public understands what the science says in order to help them make the best health decisions.” — Susan Swithers
Artificial sweeteners seem to confuse the body’s natural ability to manage calories based on tasting something sweet. People tend to them overeat even if they drink diet soda. And get this: People who consume artificial sweeteners are twice as likely to develop metabolic syndrome, too.
Is Diet Soda Bad for You?
Beyond that, there’s lots of research linking diet soda drinking to all sorts of health troubles.
Final Thoughts: Is Diet Soda Bad for You? (Yes.)
- Diet soda is not a healthier alternative to regular sugar-sweetened soda.
- Diet soda does not promote weight loss, contrary to popular belief.
- Diet soda is linked to metabolic damage, heart disease, weight gain and other health problems.
- If you’re in the mood for a fizzy drink, consider a much healthier option.