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The Hazards of Diet Sodas?

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A new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition may convince you to finally stop drinking diet sodas.  Here are the findings.

The study covered 66, 118 middle-aged women whose dietary habits were followed from 1993 to 2007.

French researchers concluded that drinking just one 12-oz. can of an artificially sweetened drink can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes by 33 percent when compared to drinking naturally sweetened beverages. For example, drinking 100 percent naturally squeezed fruit juices had no additional risk.

So the bottom line: Drinking diet sodas may make you crave sugary foods as suggested by previous research as a possible reason for  the findings.  Additionally, your body reacts to aspartame in much the same way it reacts to sugar, i.e. rises in blood sugar and the resultant insulin response.

The authors rightfully warned about study limitations.  “We cannot rule out other factors at this time that may have caused a rise in diabetes risk” they cautioned. As with all studies, more research is needed.

There have been other studies that suggested that diet soda consumption may not be the best thing for heath.  For some more information,


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  1. Clarification: The study reported that drinking one diet soda a week was associated with an increased risk of diabetes type 2. Sorry about that!! Sally Feltner Food Facts, and Fads


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