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Diet Soda Causes Insulin Resistance

Posted on January 29th, 2008 filed in Nutrition    |   

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For those not familiar with the term, Insulin Resistance is a status where one’s body does not have a healthy sugar metabolism resulting in continuous presence of above normal insulin levels in the blood. That in turn leads to a fat deposition and a myriad of health problems. It is completely curable and reversible early on with lifestyle changes, such as healthy eating and exercise, but left unattended, can lead to full scale diabetes.

Insulin Resistance is thought to be the main culprit behind the current global obesity epidemic and is believed to be due to the abundance of refined sugar and processed foods in today’s western diet. Nutrition experts and endocrinologists strongly urge people, among other advice, to drop the sugary beverages and opt instead for their diet alternatives branding the latter as healthy.

I was shocked today when I read about a new major study recently published in a major scientific journal that Diet Coke, Diet Pepsi, and other diet soda lead to the Metabolic Syndrome, also known as Insulin Resistance or Syndrome X despite the fact that they have zero calories.

This appears quite paradoxical to say the least. It definitely is against common prevailing medical wisdom and advice that strongly urges people to drop the sugary beverages and opt instead instead for their diet alternatives branding the latter as healthy.

So this is a shock. It is definitely for me.

So the question is why is diet pop so bad?

The authors behind the study are not certain why this is the case. They theorize however that this could be either chemical or behavioral, in other words either a chemical in the diet soda is causative here or the way people that had a diet soda may act (since I had a diet pop, it is ok to have a cake).

So I guess in our fight about Insulin Resistance, our best bet with regards to soda is to abandon it all together and opt instead for water.

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One Response to “Diet Soda Causes Insulin Resistance”

  1. J-Paul Price Says:

    I am not too sure I agree with this study! I mean, how often did they come up with studies that were later proved to be false…for example they used to say that caffeine (in moderation) is good for the heart and metabolism and now some studies are saying the exact opposite…I mean I can accept that Diet Sodas are not good for you because there are some chemicals in them, acidic, etc… but that they make you gain weight? What happened to 1 calorie, zero sugar? I get it that it may be behavioral…I mean, often, when I start exercising, I gain weight, I say hey I just exercised for two hours so I eat double what I usually do etc…

    In all cases, I suppose, will keep checking on this topic and as you said it is simply safer to opt for water!!!!

    J-Paul from Victoria

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