The Facts about Diet Sodas, Shiny Apples and Fried Chicken
Diet sodas, shiny apples and fried chicken have a lot in common. While they each masquerade as being good for you (or at least good for your waistline), upon close examination they are not only unhealthy, they may be toxic. Let’s take that closer look at these three staples of the American diet.
“Diet” sodas are the ultimate hypocrites of the beverage world. People get hooked on them because they hope the “diet” part will pay off. (Why else would anyone endure an aftertaste as metallic as the can it comes in?) The claim of being sugar-free and calorie-free is very seductive. However, that seduction is quite misleading.
Diet sodas don’t keep you from getting fat, they actually have just the opposite effect. You can blame this 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. 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.