A Harvard University recent study says diet soda does NOT raise the risk of diabetes. What?
Didn't they just say a few weeks ago that drinking diet soda was bad for us?
Well, here's my take on it. Ask yourself these 5 questions and see if it helps you decide for yourself.
1. Maybe the question is not which one is better but HOW MUCH?
How much soda am I drinking?
Many of the bad effects from food and drinks come down to how much and how often we have it.
The FDA has set the Acceptable Daily Intake of aspartame at a level equal to drinking 17 cans of diet soda daily. Really? I don't think you need me to tell you that is not healthy and should not be acceptable.
2. How does it affect MY blood sugars?
Start checking before and 2 hours after drinking your favorite soda and see for yourself if it is a problem! Your blood sugar at 2 hours without diabetes would be under 140. If it is over 180 that means your insulin, whether you take it or make it, is not able to keep up with the quick rise in your blood sugar.
3. How do I feel physically if I drink diet soda?
I have had many clients that get headaches or body aches from artificial sweeteners. Personally I get a terrible stomach ache if I drink any regular soda, or other sweetened beverage. Diet soda does not do that but I do have to go the bathroom more urgently - which suggests to me that my body is trying to get rid of it faster. Probably not a good sign. Not scientific - but one of those Listen to your Body therapies.
4. Have you read the ingredients?
Which sweetener is in there?
Usually it is a combination but some are sensitive to aspartame but not sucralose, or vice versa.
5. What can I drink that would be a healthier alternative to either diet OR regular soda?
Try coffee, tea, water, milk, 100% juice diluted or in small 4-6 oz portions, or water flavored naturally with fresh or frozen fruit.
My own personal and professional experience tells me that I should probably avoid both diet and regular soda. Do I? . .. . Not completely. I have a diet soda occasionally and I have prevented diabetes for 15 years now after having gestational diabetes. I do not suspect diet soda to be increasing the risk of diabetes by itself . . but overall unhealthy eating habits? . . . and not enough activity . . . Yes.