As many Americans drink diet sodas multiple times a day, fizzy fans are disturbed by this infographic that shows what happens in the first hour of drinking a Diet Coke. See how this sugar-free drink can wreak havoc on everything from your teeth to your waistline.
Ella Allred is a technical nutritionist at NutriCentre who shared her expertise on this damaging process.
In the first 10 minutes: It tricks your taste buds and attacks your teeth. The phosphoric acid attacks the enamel in your teeth, while the artificial sweeteners like aspartame hit your system. Aspartame may trigger taste receptors and tricks your body into thinking it has just had processed sugar.
Ms Allred says: As soon as you taste the sweetness of Diet Coke, your body prepares for the sugar load and causes you pancreases releases insulin. The insulin surge decreases the pancreases sensitivity to insulin, putting you at risk of developing diabetes type 2. The insulin triggers your body to store fat around your middle, and increases your risk of developing heart disease.
20 minutes: Can switch on fat storage mode. Like regular Coke this can trigger insulin, which sends your body into fat storage mode. Data from a number of studies, including Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study also reported greater risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
Ms Allred says: Blood insulin saturation is complete. But the problem is, there is no sugar in Diet Coke. But now you have a lot of insulin in your blood stream, pulling all of your blood available blood sugar into your cells leaving you with a massive sugar low. You then need sugar in your blood to maintain equilibrium. The sweet cravings kick in and may find you are reaching for another Diet Coke, which starts the cycle again.
40 minutes: Can cause addiction. The combination of caffeine and aspartame creates a short addictive high similar in the way cocaine works. Excitotoxins are released which may exhaust your brains by overstimulating its neuroreceptors, especially if consumed on your regular basis.
Ms Allred says: Caffeine saturation of your blood is complete, switching off tiredness receptors. It’s creating pseudo alertness, and pushing our bodies beyond their designed capabilities. The aspartame has reached your brain, where it is a neurotoxin, which in some people may trigger migraines and other neurological problems. Aspartame and caffeine both trigger your brain’s reward centres, making this combination highly addictive.
60 minutes and beyond: Can deplete nutrients and make you hungry/thirsty for more sugary foods.
This malnourished can of Diet Coke depletes your body’s minerals and dehydrates the body instead of quenching your thirst.
Ms Allred says: The dehydrating effect of the Coke is already having an impact on your cells hydration levels. Dehydration has the effect of causing tiredness and drowsiness, which will likely leave you reaching for another caffeine hit. And so the vicious cycle starts again. Each time worsening its effect, causing you to gain weight and pushing your body beyond its design.
Real vs. Fake
According to Mr Naik, drinks that contain the artificial sweetener aspartame are more harmful to the body than drinks with only sugar.
Those who drink diet fizzy drinks have twice as much as those who drink regular fizzy drinks sweetened with sugar, because artificial sweeteners can be more addictive, and are up to a 1,000 times sweeter than regular sugar.
Furthermore, leptin is the hormone that inhibits hunger so diet drinks like Diet Coke actually make you hungry and less satisfied with normal amounts of food.
With Diet Coke having no calories and no recognised ingredients, the ‘nutritional’ facts will represent a cocktail of chemicals that stimulates your body to gain and store weight, especially on your legs and bottom away from your organs.
With this helpful infographic and insight on Diet drinks, hopefully consumers will start to realize diet drinks are not good for your body, your health, or your diet.
Low, Calorie Drink Alternatives that actually taste good:
Water with a freshly squeezed lemon or lime with a little organic honey.
Green tea (hot or cold) for caffeine effects without the jitters.
Nutritious smoothies made with low sugar fruits and vegetables
Stevia to naturally sweeten coffee/tea.
Boost your body naturally with healthy alternative drinks, such as the guilt-free, mood enhancing – energy drink, AXIO
Reader – Do you drink Diet Coke? How do you feel about this enlightening information?