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Diet soda could be doing more harm than good



People who drink diet soda end up with same health issues as people who drink regular soda, according to a new report. 

Purdue University researchers said they were "shocked" after reviewing a dozen studies that examined the health outcomes from drinking diet soda, according to CNN

Researchers published their findings in the form of an opinion piece in the Journal of Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism

Honestly, I thought that diet soda would be marginally better compared to regular soda in terms of health.
Susan Swithers, author of the opinion piece

Swithers, however, said diet soda actually has a counterintuitive effect. 

Researchers found that the artificial sweeteners in diet soda fulfill a person's sweet tooth without the high amount of calories. 

That sounds great, but researchers found that it may be doing more harm than good. 

Researchers found that fake sugar teases the body by pretending to give it real food and that confuses the body. 

"You've messed up the whole system, so when you consume real sugar, your body doesn't know if it should try to process it because it's been tricked by the fake sugar so many times," Swithers told CNN. 

That means, when diet soda drinkers actually ingest real sugar, their bodies don't know what to do with it.  The body doesn't release the hormone that regulate blood sugar or blood pressure, according to the report. 

Basically, the report found that people who drinking diet sodas tend to pack on more pounds. 

The opinion piece also argued that diet soda drinkers who maintained a healthy weight were still at an increased risk for diabetes, heart disease and stroke. 

The American Beverage Association reiterated that the report was an opinion piece and not a scientific study. 

"They (artificial sweeteners) are safe and an effective tool in weight loss and weight management, according to decades of scientific research and regulatory agencies around the globe," the association said in a statement. 

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