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Right now (because research is always ongoing and updated) there are no indications of long term health risks associated with drinking diet soda. This includes health, well – being and body composition.
Don’t They Spike Insulin?
If you read Laurens Fitness or have a background in nutrition you will know that the insulin spike resulting from eating sugary food is the cause of all problems. When that constantly occurs, you are shuttling glucose into your fat cells and eventually can even become insulin resistant. There are people out there saying that diet soda causes that insulin spike, but according to a lot of research, that is simply not the case.
So Why Should I Choose Water?
Although technically there are no adverse effects of diet soda, out gut instinct tells us that only drinking coke zero can’t be good for you. There are associations in terms of weight gain and diet soda consumption, and that can be attributed to the fact that the sugary taste of the drink leads us to want more sugary items which in turn leads to overconsumption.
The reality is, if you are consuming diet soda (and water because it’s bloody good for you) along side a controlled diet then you won’t find any adverse effects.
What About Your Teeth?
No question, an over consumption of any kinds of soda is going to negatively impact your teeth. Regular dental work can help stop the decay. Sugary soft drinks are the worst kind for teeth, but the acidity in diet sodas can cause problems.
The Verdict: Right now according to a lot of research diet soda is fine if it is accompanied by a healthy and controlled diet… but make sure you keep on top of the health of your teeth.