Researchers looked at questionnaires and medical records for 1,177 patients who began enrolling in the study in 1979. All had weights considered either normal or overweight, but not obese. The volunteers were asked how many soft drinks per day they usually drank and whether they drank regular or diet -- or a combination of each, and then followed up with them over the next 26 years.
Not surprisingly, researchers found that drinking any soda -- regular or diet -- was linked to a higher risk of becoming overweight. But when the researchers adjusted the data to account for differences in age, sex and ethnicity, they found that regular soft drinks had significantly less connection with serious weight gain than did diet soda.
The idea that diet sodas can lead to weight gain isn't new. Last year, a group from Purdue University found that when rats were fed the Aspartame equivalent of a diet soda, they ate more high-calorie food afterward than did rats fed the same amount of a drink sweetened with high-calorie sweetener. If you simply go to Dr. Joe Mercola's website (the largest natural health site in the world), he has numerous studies on the subject. Dr. Mercola quantifies the danger by warning that, “Aspartame is by far, the most dangerous substance on the market that is added to foods”.
“They may be free of calories but not of consequences,” Dr. Helen Hazuda, professor of medicine at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, said in a written statement. “These results suggest that – amidst the national drive to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks – policies which would promote the consumption of DSDs (diet soft drinks) may have unintended deleterious effects.”
As your waist size grows, so do your health risks such as DIABETES, heart disease, CANCER, and a whole host of other health-related problems. Stay tuned for tomorrow's column to find out how / why diet sodas make you fat.