Does Drinking A Diet Soda Affect Diabetics?

Updated at: Oct 30, 2012
Does Drinking A Diet Soda Affect Diabetics?

Are you a diabetic and also love drinking soda? Find out how it could be both beneficial and harmful for you.

Arka Roy Chowdhury
DiabetesWritten by: Arka Roy ChowdhuryPublished at: Oct 30, 2012

Diabetes is a complicated disease, and one must be wary of the types of food and beverages they consume. . Talking about soda, everyone is on a soda drinking  spree and there is a growing debate on whether it is detrimental on one’s health or not. The problem lies with the sugar content that can have a negative effect on diabetics; however, diet soda has come to the rescue as it is believed to be safer than other sugary soft drinks, or so we think?


[Read: Diet for Diabetes]

Diet Soda Advantages


It has been found that a can of soda usually contains about 150 calories and 40 grams of carbohydrates and this portion of drink can spike up the blood glucose level in your body. On the other hand diet sodas contain artificial sweeteners like aspartame and stevia, which are extremely sweet and are needed in a very small amount to create the desired taste. The good news is that these diet drinks contain zero calories and zero carbohydrates, thus causing the drinks to have less impact on diabetics. The benefit of diet soda is that its low-calorie and low-carbohydrate nature makes it a very useful for weight loss, and according to The American Dietetic Association, by substituting artificial sweetener for sugar in your drinks; you can save up to 16 calories per tea spoon. This can bring about a major change in your weight. Therefore, you are advised to check the nutritional value of the drinks that you are attempting to gulp down, if they do contain carbohydrates and calories, you must switch to zero calorie products.


[Read: Health Drinks for Diabetes]


The Flip Side

The Harvard University has said that, while on one hand you lose weight by replacing sugar with artificial sweetener, it may have a negative effect on your long-term hunger. because sucrose and artificial sweeteners when taken may stimulate the reward center of your brain differently. By this they mean that those artificial sweeteners fail in satisfying the desire that you have for calories in comparison to a regular soda, this will result in persistent hunger and also potential weight gain over the long-term association with diet sodas. Due to such reasons it is dieticians will always advice you to eliminate soda drinks altogether from your diet, as it is the only way to keep diabetes at bay or to keep the glucose level in control for diabetics.


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