I heard some CrossFit veteran hating on diet soda - are they really that bad? If so why, specifically?
first off, why are you drinking soda period?
secondly, chemicals and manufactured substances are horrible for your body to begin with. Just because the FDA approves it does not mean that it actually doesn't have side affects. Basically, the more sugar and stuff they have to take out of soda to make it "diet", the more chemicals they have to use to get it to taste "good". Here is a little exercise for you: read the entire ingredients list on a can of diet soda. First off, pick out which ingredients you could shoot, grow, or otherwise obtain by natural means. Secondly, google each ingredient that you cannot obtain naturally and read all the possible side effects of the substance, independent research, FDA reports, etc....then ask yourself if you really want to be drinking soda at all.
If this still doesn't convince you, pour some diet soda on a patch of asphalt and watch it for a few days to see what it does, soak some pennies in it too...just think that the soda is doing the same thing to your G.I. tract...
Aspartame is an Excitotoxin. I recommend exactly 0 grams daily. Like MSG, it stimulates the Nervous System...
In your Pancreas this causes insulin release, which causes a drop in blood sugar, which causes the hungries...
This is one of the reasons that people who Drink Diet Soda are show to eat more food.
Aspartame may cross the blood brain barrier and damage brain cells by excitatory neurotoxicity.
Can cause an immune response causing blood vessels to become leaky, thus resulting in Systemic Inflammation. If you read here often, you know Inflammation is tied to most diseases, weight gain etc etc.
Cockblocks Leptin. Completely shuts it down. If your brain and gut cannot communicate, it makes health ridiculously difficult.
Phosphoric Acid... do you know what this stuff is? Its used for Rust removal, it DESTROYS Bones...even yours.
In short... ditch it. In the trash, and Dont look back. If you need the caffeine, go for a low fluoride tea or some coffee. You'll feel look and perform better.
Hannah Gardener, Sc.D., an epidemiologist with the Miller School of Medicine and project leader on the diet drink study, presented the findings at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Dr. Gardener detailed the project, which tracked more than 2,500 Manhattan (New York City) residents for approximately a decade. Ongoing examinations tracked participants' ages, daily calorie totals, exercise, alcohol use, smoking habits, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and more. Statistically speaking, those subjects who consumed diet sodas daily experienced a 61 percent higher risk of stroke and heart attack than those who abstained from the low-calorie carbonated beverages. No elevated risks of vascular problems were noted among daily drinkers of regular (sugared) sodas.
The ingredients in aspartame include aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methyl alcohol. Do you remember from high school science that methyl alcohol is poisonous to the body? When methyl alcohol breaks down in high temperatures it turns into FORMALDEHYDE and DKP (diketopiprazine). These are two highly toxic chemicals that adversely affect the nervous system.
The Dangers of Aspartame (Artificial Sweeteners Sugarfree Diet Coke Zero No Sugar Added E951)
I wanted to add, Artificial Sugars do bad things to your Gut Bacteria as well. Which is an entire other thread of why they are bad.
also want to recommend
Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills by Russell Blaylock
I'd be interested to see more research links on this as well.
I've read somewhere before that 6 packets of splenda/artificial sweeteners is capable of killing a substantial portion (up to 50%) of the acidophilus in your small intestine...but I'm spacing where I found it.
If that's the case, it will have a significant impact on your G.I. tract/digestion, immune system, etc.
On his Paleolithic Solution podcast Robb Wolf says most of the insulin response to food occurs from sweet tastes...elevated insulin leads to more hunger for sugar. Which could explain some things in this article... http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/96849.php
There is a lot of good research out there on diet soda and why people with Multiple Sclerosis are supposed to avoid it. It speeds their already degenerating neuronal myelin. This happens as well in some to degree in high doses with normal people. Scary stuff. I enjoy my neurons the way they are :)
As well, Aspartame has a whole website dedicated to its side effects. Check it out:
There are also better-for-you diet sodas out there if you don't want to give it up: http://www.amazon.com/Zevia-Natural-Diet-Soda-12-Ounce/dp/B001KUSLGY (Whole Foods also sells them)
I was a long-time fan of Coke Zero, thinking it'd be a good alternative to regular soda. Then I kicked the habit before going Paleo, thinking, "Why is it this stuff can be sold for 99 cents for two liters, and a single bottle of water can run $1.50?"
I had to wonder what it consisted of to be cheaper than water.
For me, it's either seltzer, regular tap water, tea, or iced black coffee.
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