Diet Soda... The Dark Side...

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Thu, 02/18/2010 - 7:08pm.

Most of us have done it. Many do it on a daily basis, sometimes several times daily. Either from habit or ill-conceived attempts to save calories, we may drink diet soft drinks. They are very available and very cheap. What most of us do not know is that diet sodas pack a frightening cocktail of toxicity and potential disease all in a brightly colored, little can...

It may be tempting to save some calories with diet sodas but the cost may be worth more than the benefit, though many Americans take the risk.

In 2005, 10.2 billion cases were sold. To consume a sweetened soda is the equivalent of eating nine teaspoons of sugar, and in light of the fact that about 65 percent of the nation is overweight or obese, the diet route may seem sensible. In fact, it is fraught with health dangers and is linked to being overweight.

A large scale study from the University of Texas Health Science Center found that those consuming diet soda had a greater risk of obesity than those who consumed regular soda. Further, the study concluded that for each can of diet soda consumed daily, the risk of obesity increased by 41 percent.

To say that there is a correlation does not imply that diet soda causes weight gain, but there appears to be a connection. This is likely due to the notion that the fake sweetener fools our satiety mechanisms, which may induce cravings later.

If you thought that was bad, caffeine, sodium and phosphoric acid are undesirable components of these products that warrant another column.

Phosphoric acid is linked to bone density loss and increased fracture risk in young female athletes.

Aspartame is possibly the nastiest component and is responsible for 75 percent of adverse food ingredient reactions reported to the FDA, which has a list of 90 documented symptoms. Some examples include: headaches, nausea, memory loss, depression, fatigue, vision problems, anxiety attacks, rashes, heart palpitations, insomnia, slurred speech, joint pain, etc. This list is from the organization that approved its use in the 1980s and it is in over 6,000 products including jams, mints, candy products, cereals, syrups, gum, sports drinks, etc.

Webster's defines poison as: "1. a substance that usually kills, injures, or impairs an organism, 2. something destructive or harmful."

Aspartame fits this definition as one of its components is wood alcohol, which is a toxin that metabolizes into formaldehyde. It is known to kill certain neurons (brain cells) and is particularly harmful to pregnant women, kids, the aged and those with certain chronic conditions.

Also, it fits into the category of what is known as an excitotoxin; it literally excites neurons until they reach an extreme state of fatigue and die. There are a number of texts and scientific papers about this subject. It is also documented that aspartame caused cancer in labs rats prior to it being introduced to the public.

Soft drinks, both regular and diet, are not components of a healthy diet. Both have documented ill-effects on health and their labels read like a chemistry experiment. Minimize or eliminate these from your diet. Good health is your greatest source of wealth, and without it happiness is virtually impossible.

Nick Smith - February 17, 2010 - source NoOneHasToDieTomorrow

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Thu, 02/18/2010 - 7:08pm.