Many of you may have seen the infographics that have recently taken over the Internet, informing us of what allegedly happens within the first hour of consuming Coca Cola, or its Diet counterpart. I'm certainly not a proponent of being a regular soda consumer, diet or otherwise. But I also don't know that unwarranted scare tactics are the way to keeping our hearts, guts, and minds healthy either.
It turns out, a lot of what these infographics claim as fact are either outright false, or quite exaggerated. Below, some highlights:
Follow the link at the bottom of the post to read about the points in the infographic that don't add up, and to read the other points the article makes.
So where do we go from here? My formal recommendation on soda:
We have yet to see research that definitively proves the danger of artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose. However, I remain skeptical. Artificial sweeteners are a relatively new development in the dietary world, while sugar has been around for a while now. What we DO know is that sugar CAN be consumed safely in moderation, and also CAN be detrimental to our health in excess. So, as always, it comes down to balance. The truth is, a diet OR regular soda every once in a while will not be your demise. I recommend drinking whatever it is that you actually ENJOY, and just don't do it every day. The point I do like to bring up is that our brains do not respond the same way to artificial sweeteners as they do to actual sugar. If you're having a sugar craving, you can try to ride it out - but don't drive yourself crazy. If you need to squelch it, I'd recommend actually consuming something with SUGAR. That will feed your need for sweet. If you consume artificial sweetener to feed your sugar craving, you'll likely be left unsatisfied, and end up eating even more calories in the end to make up for it.
Click here to read about the debunked infrographic
So, which boat are you in? Diet, regular, or total abstinence?