Sugar substitutes, the so-called artificial sugars, are no better. They are found in products like Crystal Light and diet sodas. How many sugar-free drinks or diet sodas have you drunk because you believed: 1) they would help you lose weight, 2) they tasted better than water, and 3) they were better for you than sugar-laden sodas or alternative drinks? These sugar substitutes are just as bad for your waistline and may even be worse. According to research, drinkers of diet sodas experience a 70 percent greater increase in waist circumference than nonusers. And shockingly, those who drank two or more diet sodas a day saw their waists in- crease by 500 percent more than nonusers!² But wait—if that’s not enough, the artificial sweeteners in diet sodas increase your risk of stroke, heart attack, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease.³ Is that enough information to get you to stop drinking these artificially sweetened drinks today?
1.They actually make you gain weight.
2.They increase your risk of stroke, heart attack, metabolic syndrome, and car- diovascular disease.
3.They overstimulate your sweet receptors so you cannot appreciate the natural sweetness in foods (like berries).
4.Phosphoric acid in diet sodas leaches calcium from your bones, which can lead to weak bones and fractures.
5.Aspartame, an artificial sweetener, is a neurotoxin.
6.The caramel color in sodas, created by 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI), is a known carcinogen.