Don’t be fooled…

 

The “tsssss” sound of twisting that cap off a soda bottle, the sweet taste and fizzy feeling…it’s an addiction to many.  I know quite a few people who are trying to kick the nasty habit of drinking diet soda, I’m hoping some of this information will help!

 

Here are some of the dangers, diseases, and side effects linked to diet soda (artificial sweeteners):

  • Strokes (48% higher chance)
  • Heart attacks
  • Brain tumors
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Parkinson’s
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Diabetes
  • Damaged kidney functions
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • 65% more likely to be overweight (even just drinking one can a day)

Artificial sweeteners can:

  • Stimulate your appetite
  • Increase carbohydrate cravings
  • Stimulate fat storage and weight gain

So if you’re trying to lose weight, don’t think you’re being healthy by switching to diet soda!  Skip the soda and drink water…seriously, your body needs it!  But if you absolutely need something sweet, skip the fructose, sucralose, and aspartame…instead, look for Stevia.

And DON’T be fooled by Splenda…it is NOT a safe sugar substitute!  Here are just a few adverse reactions to Splenda (sucralose):

Skin — Redness, itching, swelling, blistering, weeping, crusting, rash, eruptions, or hives (itchy bumps or welts). These are the most common allergic symptoms that people have. Stomach — Bloating, gas, pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or bloody diarrhea.
Lungs — Wheezing, tightness, cough, or shortness of breath. Heart — Palpitations or fluttering.
Head — Swelling of the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, or throat; headaches and migraines (severe headaches). Blood sugar increases
Nose — Stuffy nose, runny nose (clear, thin discharge), sneezing. Joints — Joint pains or aches.
Eyes — Red (bloodshot), itchy, swollen, or watery. Neurological — Anxiety, dizziness, spaced-out sensation, depression.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/health-headlines/2011/3/17/dr-mercola-new-report-shows-how-you-get-addicted-to-diet-sod.html

While this is extreme, it’s well worth noting….aspartame toxicity (or poisoning) can mimic the following health conditions:

Multiple sclerosis Parkinson’s disease
Alzheimer’s disease Fibromyalgia
Arthritis Multiple chemical sensitivity
Chronic fatigue syndrome Attention deficit disorder
Panic disorder Depression and other psychological disorders
Lupus Diabetes and diabetic complications
Birth defects Lymphoma
Lyme disease Hypothyroidism

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/health-headlines/2011/3/17/dr-mercola-new-report-shows-how-you-get-addicted-to-diet-sod.html

Here’s another video showing the dangers of aspartame and diet soda:

A woman actually experienced sudden blindness due to aspartame poisoning!

 

For more information about sugar and sugar substitutes, please check out an earlier post of mine “Sweet Truth” https://besolful.wordpress.com/2011/03/12/sweet-truth/

While researching for this post, I came across a great blog post regarding diet soda…I highly recommend checking it out!

http://healthandsurvival.com/2008/01/20/the-dangers-of-diet-coke-pepsi-and-other-diet-foods/

Resources:

http://www.larkmiller.com/2011/03/05/7-serious-diet-coke-dangers/

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/01/12/what-happens-to-your-body-within-an-hour-of-drinking-a-coke.aspx

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/health-headlines/2011/3/17/dr-mercola-new-report-shows-how-you-get-addicted-to-diet-sod.html

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