Are Diet Drinks Making You Fat?

You may think you’re doing yourself a favor by sipping artificially sweetened drinks, but recent research says you may just be setting yourself up to crave sweets even more. Artificial sweeteners can trick our bodies, since we aren’t actually providing it with any calories to back up the sweetness, causing a vicious cycle of cravings. They tend to trigger your appetite, making you want more and more sugar, but without actually satisfying a desire for sweets like normal sugar does.  Diet soda-drinkers may end up eating tons of sugary and fatty snacks in order to satisfy their cravings.

Case in point: One University of Texas study found that people who drink diet soda regularly (more than two per day) had a 70 percent greater waist circumference than those that don’t. Not to mention, diet sodas are also often loaded with additives, including caramel coloring, which is made by reacting sugars with ammonia and sulfites, resulting in two compounds that have been found to cause lung, liver, and thyroid cancers in mice.

RaceGrader on July, 29 2013