08 May '12, 3pm

5 reasons to kick your diet soda habit

5 reasons to kick your diet soda habit

Chances are, you already know that diet soda is too good to be true. With that sweet taste and zero calories, something's gotta give. And chances are, it’s your waistline and your health. In fact, study after study shows that diet soda is likely failing you in its pounds-free promise and putting your health at risk at the same time. Researchers have linked drinking diet soda with: Weight gain Diet soda drinking correlates with both increased waist circumference and a heightened body mass index. What's up? One possible explanation is that diet soda disrupts our ability to feel full. Scientists have found that, at least in rats, having something artificially sweetened before a meal leads to greater food consumption at chow time. In general, sweet tasting foods and drinks appear to increase our appetite. Higher sugar consumption “The intense sweetness of these products primes...

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