A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine reports people who drink soda weekly or daily show increases in their body mass index and are more likely to gain weight.
In another study, researchers found that regularly drinking diet soda inhibits kidney function by as much as 30%. Diet soda doesn’t keep you skinny. Drinking diet soda puts you at 57% more risk of becoming obese than non-soda drinkers.
Four grams of sugar on a label equals one teaspoon in the can. The average 12-ounce can of cola has 39 grams of sugar which is almost l0 teaspoons.
Consequences of too much sugar include metabolic disorders, a higher risk of diabetes, and, of course, weight gain.
What about high-fructose corn syrup? Studies show that it is more likely to trigger weight gain and abnormal increases in abdominal body fat than table sugar – even when caloric consumption is equivalent. Also when you drink beverages with high fructose corn syrup you won’t feel full.
Watch soda labels for neotame, a new articial sweetnerr created in a test lab at Monsanto. It claims that is being used in over l,000 products worldwide. Manufacturers claim this highly potent chemical is safe but admit it hasn’t been tested much and that the main reason it’s being used is that it greatly reduces production costs.
A better choice is to drink water. That adds no toxins and flushes out toxins ingested through other foods or inhaled from dirty air.
Try fruit-infused water. Just add a cup or two of sliced fruit (citrus and pineapple are great tastes) to a pitcher of water and let it stand overnight. Then stain and enjoy.
Swap out artificial sweeteners with stevia powder, coconut sugar, liquid coconut nectar, and maple sugar powder which have lower calories than cane sugar.
Adding artificial sweeteners to coffee and foods to lose weight may actually do the opposite.