Did you know diet sodas can actually pack on the pounds?
“Diet” sodas are the ultimate hypocrites of the beverage world. People get hooked on them because they hope the “diet” part will pay off. Claims of being sugar-free and calorie-free are very seductive. However, eliminating the sugar and the calories usually involves adding a synthetic sweetener, of which asparatame is the most widely used
Diet sodas don’t keep you from getting fat, they actually have just the opposite effect. You can blame this fact on the toxic cocktail of chemicals that go into diet sodas. The most common diet soda brands include: carbonated water, caramel color, aspartame, phosphoric acid, potassium citrate, “natural” flavors, citric acid and caffeine. Aspartame is a non- saccharine synthetic sweetener that for one reason or another keeps receiving FDA approval under such brand names as NutraSweet, Equal and Tropicana Slim. Of all, aspartame is the worse ingredient in diet sodas (as well as in 6,000 other diet and low-calorie processed food products). Put together into a diet soda, this chemical cocktail is known to cause changes in brain chemistry, cellular communication and basic metabolism. These changes to brain and gut chemistry can make you fat.