Not So Sweet

There seems to be more bad news for our favorite soft drinks. Reports have shown that people who drank diet soda gained almost triple the amount of abdominal fat than people who did not drink it.

This comes a surprise since most of the diet soft drinks contain artificial sweeteners and are supposed to be fat free. According to Brad Reifler abdominal fat has been linked to an increase in diabetes type 2 and heart disease. Another startling fact is that diet soda is reported to contain between 200-600 times the sweetness of sugar.

On the opposite side of the coin, the people who gained the most abdominal fat during the research project were already overweight. Sugar substitutes can be beneficial in small doses, but not in excess. With all the hype of the added dangers of sugar substitutes, we might be better served if you simply use less of real sugar or even better, learn to go without.

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