LivingFuel HealthAlert: Diet Soda Deceit

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Posted on 25th April 2012 by admin in Health Alerts

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The Calorie Control Council recently released a new study with a remarkable finding – diet soda is a health food!

The study, which consisted of weight loss in extremely obese people, found that those people in the study that drank either water or diet soda lost 4 to 5 pounds on average, while the control group that received only dietary counseling (in other words, did nothing) did not lose as much weight.

So it’s final – diet soda is good for you!

Wait, not so fast.

The study did come from the Calorie Control Council. That sounds like a very legitimate organization. They do have a nice website. Upon closer look, we see that they are an organization (lobbying group) representing the low-calorie food and beverage industry.

Let’s take a closer look at the study:

· The study reviewed weight loss over only a 6 month period. That would be considered short-term weight loss. What about long-term weight loss?

· Twenty percent of the diet soda control group lost at least 5% of their body weight. For example, if the study included a 200 pound extremely obese person, that is only 10 pounds, or 1.7 pounds per month.

· No mention of change in body fat is mentioned, meaning any portion of the weight loss could have been due to decreased water weight or even muscle mass.

Next, let’s recap some facts regarding artificial sweeteners.

· Multiple studies have shown that consuming artificial sweeteners can hinder the body’s ability to naturally relegate calorie intake, resulting in over eating.

· Animal studies have revealed that intake of sucralose (one of the artificial sweeteners promoted by the Calorie Control Council) can decrease red blood cells, reduce male fertility and contribute to heart disease.

· Aspartame, another artificial sweetener, accounts for more than 75% of the adverse reactions to food additives reported by the FDA.

If your goal is simply short-term weight loss, and you don’t mind ingesting unhealthy chemicals – try diet soda. If your goal is long-term weight control and vibrant health – stick with pure water. While the Calorie Control Council may not approve, your body will.

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