When it comes to your health, you might think you are doing everything right. You’re cutting carbohydrates… eating lean protein and lots of veggies… and getting regular cardio exercise. You’ve even given up sugary high-calorie fizzy drinks and fruit juices. Yet you’re still struggling to control your weight and your blood sugar.
Well, if you’ve done what many well-intentioned dieters do and swapped those “classic” fizzy drinks for their “diet” counterparts – even those with zero calories – the latest research shows once again that the switch isn’t making you healthier.
In fact, it may just be making you sick.
Even though diet fizzy drinks doesn’t contain any high fructose corn syrup – or any sugar at all – its artificial sweetness still tricks your body into producing insulin. And daily insulin spikes can lead to insulin resistance, putting you on the fast track to diabetes.
In the past two decades, we’ve seen rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes skyrocketing. Sometimes called “the twin epidemics,” the rise in these two diseases closely follows the rise in consumption of sugary fizzy drinks and juices, as well as a decrease in daily physical activity.
In a large new Swedish study, researchers matched diabetes rates with the daily consumption of diet fizzy drinks of nearly 3,000 people over the course of a year. They found that those who drank two or more small fizzy drinks – no matter regular OR diet – every day were almost two-and-a-half times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
People who drank five drinks a day multiplied their risk by TEN.
If this news isn’t enough to make you never reach for a diet fizzy drink again, remember that artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose are also dangerous carcinogens, and also have been linked to birth abnormalities.
And it’s not just the fake chemical sweeteners that pose a danger. If you’ve been reading my eTips, you know that drinking sugary drinks significantly raises your risk of fatal heart disease.
Trust me. No fizzy drink is worth obesity, diabetes, cancer, birth defects, and a heart attack.
If you’re thirsty, there’s nothing better than water.
If you’re looking to perk up, reach for coffee or black tea.
And for once and for all, get some exercise.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Diet Drinks Double the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes, newsmax.com/Health/Health-News/diet-drinks-double-risk/2016/10/21/id/754704/
Obesity? Diabetes? We’ve been set up, news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2012/03/the-big-setup/