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When it comes to beverages, almost everyone knows that soda is bad for you. As a source of processed chemicals and empty calories, it is one of the worst. An 8 ounce can of soda has over 100 calories, and as much sugar as a candy bar. Unfortunately, many people who try to give up soda choose to replace it with diet soda instead. The truth is that diet soda may be calorie free, but it is every bit as bad for you as regular soda. Diet sodas are full of artificial sweeteners and processed chemicals that belong in a lab and not in your body. If you aren't convinced that diet sodas have no place in a healthy diet, then just keep reading. Diet sodas contain artificial sweeteners, many of which have been shown to cause harmful effects in lab rats. Because of these harmful effects many countries limit the amount of artificial sweeteners that can be included in foods, and some countries ban them altogether. Many people find that artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, saccharin, or sucralose actually cause them to crave more sweet foods. This is scientifically valid because studies have shown that artificial sweeteners increase the level of a hormone that makes people feel as though they need more sugar immediately after drinking it. Many people have reported adverse reactions to a wide variety of artificial sweeteners that are on the market. These reactions range from migraine headaches, to seizures, to food cravings. Ironically, diet sodas can cause people to crave higher-calorie sweet foods and foods with larger amounts of carbohydrates. Scientists surmise that this is because our bodies are used to sweet tasting food providing calories or energy. Since diet sodas taste sweet but do not provide energy, your body craves those calories after drinking it. A diet soda that you drink to help you lose weight may actually be sabotaging your efforts by making you crave foods that are higher in calories. In addition to the harmful effects of the artificial sweeteners, these sodas actually tend to contain more caffeine than regular soda. This can lead people to feel jittery or have trouble concentrating on tasks. The acceptable daily intake of caffeine for adults is around 300 milligrams per day. This works out to around three 20 ounce bottles of soda, which is a large amount for some people and a small amount for others. Overall, diet soda is a drink that you should avoid if you are trying to have a healthier lifestyle. Scientists truly do not know the long-term effects of all of the chemicals that diet soda contains. In most cases it is better to drink water, which is something that your body needs anyways. If you get tired of drinking plain water try adding something to increase the flavor. This could be a small amount of 100% fruit juice, a slice of lemon or cucumber, or a tea bag to make unsweetened tea. This will help you to drink more water without getting tired of the taste.


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The Honest to Goodness Truth on Diet Soda