Does Diet Drinks Helps Diabetes?
Does the low sugar, low calories diet drinks really help us in any way? Especially does diet drinks helps diabetes? Researchers says no.
It seems like lot of hype of low calories, low sugar and NO change or almost similar taste is the way the diet drinks get advertised. However the fact is that the sweetener in the diet drinks is 200 timer sweeter than the actual sugar.
Does Diet Drinks Help Diabetes?
The natural relation in our brain between sweetness and calories is proportional. i.e., when the sweetness goes up your brain think that lot of calories were consumed and release the insulin to convert the calories to energy. Otherwise the calories will become fat. However you don’t get the same satiate from the artificial sweetener.
With the artificial sweetener increased usage, the natural relation between sweetness and calories in brain is changing. This is in turn changing the brain’s function hence resulting in obesity. That’s what at least the research says. The research on rats shows that the rats that received artificial sweetener gained a lot more weight than the rats received natural sugars.
In a recent study in Nature found that the artificial sweeteners changed the gut bacteria in mice in a way that made them vulnerable to insulin resistance and glucose intolerance. These are metabolic disorders which can lead to weight gain and Type2 diabetes.
According to a dietary study about 10,000 people, those who stated that they drink one diet drink a day are at 34% of higher risk for metabolic disorders including the heart related diseases and Type 2 diabetes than those who don’t drink diet soda. The study is not concluded but this association is a surprise for the study authors and called for more research in this area.
In my opinion, no matter whether you like it or not, any thing that is not natural may have side effects that we don’t know of, or yet to discover.