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Diet Soda is Good for You…Right?

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September 18, 2014

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6456_3051You’ve switched from regular sodas to diet to watch calories.  However, new research shows that diet sodas and other products made with artificial sweeteners could raise your blood sugar levels more than if you indulged in sugar-sweetened sodas and desserts.

Scientists found a correlation between artificial sweeteners, gut bacteria (most of your immune capability resides in your intestines) and blood sugar levels. They found that saccharin (a.k.a. Sweet‘N Low), sucralose (a.k.a. Splenda) and aspartame (a.k.a. NutraSweet and Equal) raised blood sugar levels by dramatically changing the makeup of the gut microorganisms, mainly bacteria, that are in the intestines and help with nutrition and the immune system.

There is a great piece on NPR that explains the study and its findings.  The study is not 100% definitive as there are differences in the gut bacteria collections from person to person or animal to animal, as well as diet, genetics, health status, and sex all contribute to these differences.

The piece is worth a listen (it’s only about 5 minutes).  If you’ve already switched over to drinking diet sodas in lieu of regular, good start for cutting out the calories.  Now, take the next step and start replacing the soda with more natural liquids, preferably water.  Just like with food, limiting the amount of processed and artificial things you ingest is much better for you overall.  Here’s to your health.

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