If you are still drinking diet pop…just stop!

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Ok.. easier said than done.

Many people drink diet pop because they are trying to watch their calorie intake, some people use it as a source of caffeine for a pick-me-up while others prefer the taste of diet beverages.  Naturopathic Doctors have always educated the public about the dangers of artificial sweeteners and the detrimental side to drinking pop.

For those who enjoy drinking pop of any kind it may involve a process of gradually replacing it with healthier beverages.  When we drink sweet beverages our taste buds become very interested in that favour.  Pure fluids like water, herbal tea or green juices can pale in comparison.  This makes giving pop up a challenge for many people who enjoy it.

Today’s post features a collection of articles that illustrate the ill effects of drinking pop.  I recently saw an article that linked drinking pop to heart disease (see below), and with the month February, which is heart health month, on our heels I was inspired to post the article and a collection of others.  If you know someone who regularly drinks diet pop share these articles with them so they can be informed!

Thankfully more people are becoming more aware of the link between drinking pop and illness.  Check out this great article that reviews the change we are seeing: Diet Sodas losing popularity…switching to water, juicing.

These article are also worth reading…

1) Diet Soda Linked to Heart Disease Risk: “The researchers found that people who drank diet soft drinks daily were 43 percent more likely to have had a stroke or heart attack, or died of heart disease, than those who did not drink diet soda.”  (!!! = Laura’s reaction!  This was a 10 year study… 43%!!!)

2) Are Diet Soda Drinkers More Depressed?  New Study Says Maybe:  “Soda drinkers — particularly those who chose artifically sweetened diet sodas — were more likely to be diagnosed with depression than those who didn’t drink sweetened beverages.”  Although the article states that diet soda is not a cause of depression, the study seems to point to diet sodas as an aggravating factor.  In addition, although the researchers couldn’t comment on why this is, Naturopathic Doctors and other health care providers see artificial sweeteners as a neurotoxin, in other words, a poison to the brain and central nervous system.  For an overview of this, see Dr. Mercola’s article on Artificial Sweeteners and read the segments after and including “How Aspartame Acts Inside Your Body.”  Aspartame is just one of many problems with low calorie drinks…. see my picture above?  That’s from recommendation #3 (see below).

3) I couldn’t skip this “keeping it real” article from Food Babe.  She doesn’t mince words.  Check out her comprehensive review here: Coca Cola’s Low Calorie Beverages Will Kill You Before They Solve Obesity.

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