We all love drinking Coca-cola and other soda. I mean it’s fizzy, full of flavour and quenches our thirst on a hot day. There is nothing better than opening a cold can of soda and glugging straight from the can when you are desperate for a drink…I bet I’ve made you thirsty now, haven’t I?
But did you know that DIET soda can actually have a lot of health benefits. Alongside cutting calories, which we all know already, diet soda can actually prevent some pretty serious stuff from happening to your body. Regular Coca-Cola is absolutely PACKED with sugar…do you want to see how much is in it?
That’s 10 spoons of sugar in a can. I was pretty shocked looking at this, it just makes you think about how much junk we put into our bodies without even realising! But that’s where diet soda comes in… there is absolutely NO sugar in diet soda.
Here are some of the effects that consuming too much sugar has on your health:
- It overloads and damages your liver. The effects of too much sugar or fructose can be likened to the effects of alcohol. All the fructose you eat gets shuttled to the only organ that has the transporter for it: your liver. This severely taxes and overloads the organ, leading to potential liver damage.
- It tricks your body into gaining weight and affects your insulin and leptin signaling. Fructose fools your metabolism by turning off your body’s appetite-control system. It fails to stimulate insulin, which in turn fails to suppress ghrelin, or “the hunger hormone,” which then fails to stimulate leptin or “the satiety hormone.” This causes you to eat more and develop insulin resistance.
- It causes metabolic dysfunction. Eating too much sugar causes a barrage of symptoms known as classic metabolic syndrome. These include weight gain, abdominal obesity, decreased HDL and increased LDL, elevated blood sugar, elevated triglycerides, and high blood pressure.
- It increases your uric acid levels. High uric acid levels are a risk factor for heart and kidney disease. In fact, the connection between fructose, metabolic syndrome, and your uric acid is now so clear that your uric acid level can now be used as a marker for fructose toxicity.
So simply by swapping to diet soda, you are actually saving yourself from a lot of serious health issues. It may not be as great as drinking water, but it certainly is a LOT better than drinking regular soda.
I’d have a think before I pick up the red can in the store after looking into this…