The summer drink you MUST avoid at all costs
You hear the pop of the can… the fizz of the cola… the clink of the ice cubes… and the soothing glug, glug, glug… AHHHHHHHH.
Yes, those soda commercials sure are tempting, especially on warm June days as summer gets under way.
You know to avoid sugar. You’ve probably heard that the artificial sweeteners in diet sodas aren’t very good for you, either.
But a new study is here to tempt you by claiming that it’s OK to drink diet cola, saying the no-cal sweeteners commonly used in “diet” soft drinks WON’T cause blood sugar spikes.
That means that if you have diabetes… are at risk for the disease… or just want to make sure you’re never at risk for it… you can safely pop the top and knock back a cold diet soda on a hot day.
But don’t take that sip just yet.
It’s not that simple.
In most cases, the damage caused by artificial sweeteners isn’t immediate. A diet soft drink, for example, generally won’t cause a quick jump in blood sugar the way a sugary soda will.
In that regard, these sweeteners look great, and they’ll ace a study like this one.
And that’s what makes them so dangerous!
They cause much slower forms of damage in your body, including tricking your brain into altering how it sends out “hunger” and “satisfied” signals, altering gut bacteria and – over a longer period of time – potentially leading to insulin resistance and blood sugar problems.
Since the problem took years to develop, it doesn’t get linked to the drink.
But it was certainly at least part of the problem… and why you shouldn’t feel reassured by this study.
There’s also another issue that has to be taken into consideration.
The new report supposedly offers reassurance if you have or are at risk for diabetes, since the sweeteners don’t cause a quick spike in glucose, but only 69 of the combined 741 people in the study had the disease.
The rest were healthy… and healthy people have lower risks to begin with.
In less-healthy people, including people with prediabetes and diabetes, artificial sweeteners can cause bigger changes inside the body — yet these folks were largely ignored by the study.
And let’s not even get into the other possible risks linked to “diet” sweeteners, from weight gain to migraines and more. In other words, don’t start sipping those soft drinks just yet… no matter how tempting the ads are.