Another day, another farcical “study” on the “benefits” of drinking diet sodas.
This one, reported on Denver’s local CBS affiliate, claims drinking diet sodas is better for losing weight than drinking water. This is “good news for diet soda lovers who also want to drop some pounds,” the reporterette breathlessly proclaimed in her report.
According to the story, researchers at the University of Colorado took 300 people and divided them into two groups. Both groups followed a “diet and exercise program,” but one could drink zero-calorie beverages while the others were restricted to drinking only water. After 12 weeks, those who drank diet beverages lost an average of 13 pounds while the water drinkers lost an average of 9.
The report itself was not included with the CBS report, but is available here.
Researchers determined that there was a reduction in total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol in the group consuming diet beverages.
One interesting tidbit from the study, hunger increased slightly in the water group while it decreased in the diet soda group. But digging through the weeds, you find that study participants were all consumers of diet sodas prior to the study. That means the water-only group were undergoing a significantly greater lifestyle change to take part in the study.
Besides, the “study” measured weight loss only and did not take into account where the weight came from or whether the participants were healthier at the end of the study.
Diet sodas are in no way healthy, and they may be even more detrimental to health than regular sodas.
People who drink diet soda daily have a 61 percent higher risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack than those who drink no diet drinks, according to the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference. Researchers have concluded that drinking two or more sodas a day almost doubles your chances of developing kidney disease. And it’s worse for women.
The sweetener aspartame, commonly known as NutraSweet, is one of the most commonly used artificial sweeteners in diet beverages. It is a neurotoxin.
In the body it breaks down into phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol. When methanol is heated above 86 degrees F, it converts into formaldehyde. The human body’s resting temperature is 98.6 degrees F.
A University of Texas Health Center study found that the more diet sodas a person drank, the greater chance he had of becoming overweight. Artificial sweeteners disrupt the body’s ability to regulate calorie intake based on the sweetness of foods, according to an animal study by researchers at Purdue University.
Diet sodas are very acidic, and the acid dissolves tooth enamel, leading to tooth decay.
Oh, and buried at the bottom of CBS Denver’s story was this nugget: “The study was funded by the American Beverage Association.”
And this passes for journalism.