Diet Soda Linked To Weight Gain


diet-sodaDiet soda might not help you stay trim after all, new research suggests. A study presented at a American Diabetes Association meeting this week shows that drinking diet soda is associated with a wider waist in humans. And a second study shows that aspartame — an artificial sweetener in diet soda — actually raises blood sugar in mice prone to diabetes.

“Data from this and other prospective studies suggest that the promotion of diet sodas and artificial sweeteners as healthy alternatives may be ill-advised,” study researcher Helen P. Hazuda, Ph.D., a professor and chief of clinical epidemiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio’s School of Medicine, said in a statement. “They may be free of calories but not of consequences.”

In the first study, researchers collected height, weight, waist circumference and diet soda intake data from 474 elderly people who participated in the San Antonio Longitudinal Study of Aging. They were followed up an average of 9.5 years later, according to the research.

Researchers found that the diet soda drinkers had waist circumferences 70 percent greater than those who non-diet soda drinkers. And people who drank diet soda the most frequently — at least two diet sodas a day — had waist circumferences that were 500 percent greater than people who didn’t drink any diet soda, the study said.

Artificial sugar didn’t produce any better results in the second study in mice. Researchers for this study found that diabetes-prone mice that were fed a diet that included aspartame for three months, had higher blood glucose levels than mice not given aspartame.

This isn’t the first news illuminating diet soda’s health risks. A study published earlier this year found people who drink the beverage every day have a higher stroke and heart attack risks. And UK researchers found earlier this month that sugary drinks can dull taste buds, leading consumers to crave the sweet stuff even more.

{Huffington Post/ Newscenter}


  1. It might not be a bad idea to check things out before publishing them.You write:
    And people who drank diet soda the most frequently — at least two diet sodas a day — had waist circumferences that were 500 percent greater than people who didn’t drink any diet soda, the study said.
    Assuming that those who did not drink diet sodas had an average waist of 36″, then those who did drink would have average waists of 180″!!! Grounds for inclusion in the Guiness Book of Records.

  2. People with 70% larger waistlines are 70% more likely to drink diet soda. People who drink 2 diet sodas probably have 2 of other things as well. Three slices, a fried knish a fries and a diet. Coke anyone?

  3. The problem is believed to be that the artificial sweeteners in diet soda “trick” the brain into thinking that sugar is being consumed. This causes the pancreas to release insulin, which makes the person’s blood sugar to become lower than normal. The person becomes extremely hungry, and overeats to compensate.

  4. Like Paul Harvey said: We have to make a study on why they get paid for these studies. There is an association with diet soda and a big waist line. I wonder what that association is…

  5. I will just say one thing – when my kids were over-weight, the pediatrician insisted that I give them diet soda claiming that the one drink a day they took would do them no harm. I protested but he insisted. My kids ballooned out soon after starting the diet drinks… I had no proof of it but deep down I thought it was related. Matzav is not printing a new article here, it has already been written up elsewhere, and I do believe that it is true. After a year or two of diet drinks I banned them from the house. It is seltzer of water over here, with a minimal amount of soda – and when we drink soda it is REGULAR and not diet! Aside from the weight issue the aspartame is seriously poisonous.

  6. people drink the diet stuff cause they think it will fill them for a while and not feel hunger pains. really not healthy at all.

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