Why Diet Beverages Are Even Worse Than You Thought
Fewer people consume soda – 63 percent avoided it in 2014 compared to 41 percent in 2002, according to Gallup – but many still can’t resist the sweet beverage – the average person drinks 45 gallons a year.[slideshow:102329]
About one-fifth of the U.S. population consumes diet drinks on a given day, according to the Centers of Disease and Control Prevention (CDC). From 1999‒2000 through 2009‒2010, the percentage of people choosing “sugar-free” increased. This is bad news.
Blame artificial sweeteners such as Aspartame®, Splenda®, sucralose, NutraSweet® and Equal®. They are all chemically manufactured and capable of creating toxic reactions in the body.
They play tricks on the brain in a worse way than sugary sodas. It thinks the body is consuming more calories than it actually is, eventually leading to appetite problems. In the end, people end up eating more. All of this is so discouraging, you are better off just drinking water, tea or smoothies.