The health risks of diet soda everyone should be aware of

Updated at: Nov 02, 2018
The health risks of diet soda everyone should be aware of

The popular belief is that diet sodas and foods/beverages prepared with artificial sweeteners are unhealthy. Does diet soda really help you gain weight?

 Onlymyhealth Staff Writer
Weight ManagementWritten by: Onlymyhealth Staff WriterPublished at: Sep 21, 2017

The popular belief is that diet sodas and foods/beverages prepared with artificial sweeteners are unhealthy. Moreover, they are believed to be a propagator of weight gain.


A study at the Texas Health Science Centre and San Antonio's School of Medicine suggests that diet sodas can cause weight gain, whereas the American Diabetes Association denies the notion of diet sodas being healthy or a harbinger of weight gain.

Don’t get yourself entangled in the claims of beverage companies that advise you to drink more diet soda to gain more weight or diet soda: the way to weight gain. Diet soda is not the doorway to healthy weight gain. 

Diabetes risk

A study by the American Diabetes Association underlined the ills of drinking diet soda. The scientists linked diet soda consumption to a wider waist and alleviating blood sugar. Study results suggest that drinking diet soda may potentially elevate blood glucose levels and thus, increase the risk of diabetes. 

Obesity risk

A division of the Nutrition Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina in a research concluded that no-calorie sodas contribute to healthy weight gain. However, the research also highlighted those diet sodas and other sugar-sweetened carbonated beverages are harbingers of obesity, not a healthy weight gain.

Purdue University researchers reviewed the research conducted on rats to examine the impact of artificial sweeteners on weight. The research was inconclusive as to say that no-calorie beverages stimulate appetite or contribute to weight gain in some other way. 

Risk of chronic illnesses

The US Food and Drug Administration reports suggest that artificial sweetener beverages can destroy brain neurons and catalyst to a host of chronic illnesses. UK researchers found that sugary drinks such as diet sodas can dull one’s taste buds that crave for sweet stuff even more. Moreover, reports claimed that individuals drinking diet soda on twice-a-day average are at high risk of stroke.

The claim of the San Antonio's School of Medicine and Texas Health Science Centre of diet sodas as an approach to gain weight can’t be considered as conclusive. The reports suggesting that drinking two or more diet soft drinks a day increase waistline shouldn’t be considered a basis to say that diet soda aids weight gain. No-calorie beverages may be a short-term option to increase weight but not the ideal and reliable for long-term.

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