All those fancy ads that we see on the television have definitely left us awe-inspired. It could be food, clothing, cosmetics or high end fashion. We are people of the 21st century and dwell on the statement of panache and glamour.
Moreover, we always try to be someone we’re not, by trying to alter our flaws and imperfections in a not-so-healthy manner instead of getting close to perfect in a healthier manner.
The prime worry of today’s world is the facetious attitude towards the growing health hazards. There are myriads of unhealthy products that have been created with the facade of improving one’s health along with the guarantee of giving an individual a treat to their senses. However, this sparks a colossal controversy as to whether such products are benign or detrimental in nature.
One of the widely used products which captivate millions of consumers is diet coke. As the name hints, ‘diet coke’, also commonly known as ‘diet soda’ is a carbonated beverage.
Regardless of all the other beverages, diet coke is sweetened with the help of artificial sweeteners like aspartame, cyclamate, saccharin, acesulfame-k or glucose. The fascinating fact is that almost every renowned sugar-sweetened beverage in the market has a “diet” version. Diet Coke, Pepsi Max and Sprite Zero are few examples.
These drinks are believed to be calorie free and perceived to help people lose weight along with preventing sugar related diseases like diabetes. However, the benefit of consumption of these beverages is completely fanciful.
It is a well established fact that coke is a favoured drink not only for all the teenagers but also amongst all the masses of the society. Any family occasion or party commences with the serving of coke. With the advent of the diet coke, millions of people are under the influence of the promise this beverage brings with it.
It is rightly said that coke is addictive. This can be witnessed undoubtedly. From heavy alcoholics to mere soft drink lovers and children attending a party, coke has always been cherished in the hearts and minds of everyone.
However, apart from the prodigious usage and the fascinating label it comes with, diet soda also has its dark side. The consumption of diet soda comes with a great risk of diseases like diabetes, strokes and other ailments related to the heart.
It is known as to having at least three of the following:
- Abdominal obesity (belly fat)
- High fasting glucose
- High triglycerides
- Low HDL cholesterol
- Elevated blood pressure
Drinking calorie free beverages with the impression that it reduces one’s weight and minimizes the risk of other food related disorders is simply mythical.
According to a study, people consuming artificially sweetened beverages were associated with a greater risk of metabolic syndromes compared to the ones who refrained from its consumption.
Another horrifying fact about diet soda is the impact it poses on pregnant women. A study also revealed that many women who consumed diet soda were faced with the risk of a preterm delivery. Moreover, the use of diet soda also leads to depression and the repercussions sometimes are almost incurable.
Women are more concerned about their weight and resolve to every possible means in order to get rid of their extra fat. The fact that is not so popular is the mammoth risk it possesses to women than compared to men.
The main reason people switch to diet drinks is to cut back on calories in order to lose weight. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to work that way. The irony behind the consumption of diet soda is that it leads to increase in one’s weight and aggravates the chances of obesity.
However, whether diet soda can cause harm or not has yet to be proven by more efficient epidemiological studies. Nevertheless, it is evident that there is a strong co- relation between diet soda and disease which increases the risk factor in individuals and makes them more vulnerable to diseases.
There is very less explanation as to why people have turned to diet sodas by ignoring the needs of their health with a frivolous attitude. The people who put on weight on a regular basis are more likely to switch to diet drinks.
There is undoubtedly no physiological need for these beverages to be included in one’s diet, even though many people may tend to enjoy them.
Regardless of the ill effects of artificially sweetened beverages, it is always better to sip on juices extracted from fresh fruit. They are healthier, safer and one doesn’t have to think twice about gaining any weight or being subjected to any physical or psychological damage.
As we say, the way to better health is not through a bunch of radical transformations but only a handful of minor lifestyle changes. Quitting soda, cola and other similar drinks is one such change that you should make.