diet drinksBy Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Annah Gillette

Diet drinks are free from calories, so it should help you lose weight right?

When you see what diet soda does to you on a hormonal level, you’ll see that diet drinks can set the stage for even quicker weight gain!

It makes sense that swapping out sugar for a no calorie sweet tasting chemical doesn’t have the same effects as said sugar does on your waistline. The down side of these chemicals such as aspartame is your body cannot recognize them, and adverse effects begin to happen. Aspartame breaks down to phenylalanine in the body, and phenylalanine interferes with intestinal alkaline phosphatase, a beneficial enzyme that helps prevent diabetes and metabolic syndrome. In a very short time, a glucose intolerance can develop.

What you eat today affects the makeup of your microbial biome makeup.

To further appreciate how complicated our handling of diet soda can be, here’s another little example: Our intestine (or bowel) is covered with cells that secrete hormones. These cells react to the presence and composition of food by secreting peptides such as glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1), peptide YY (PYY) and cholecystokinin – that work on the brain, signal satiety and control glucose by influencing the secretion of insulin. Guess what: Artificial sweeteners seem to body the way real food does.

Artificial sweeteners are associated with a drop in the appetite-regulating hormone leptin. Leptin is the hormone that inhibits hunger so diet drinks can make you hungry and less satisfied with reasonable amounts of food. And when you eat or drink a lot of chemicals that your body cannot break down, your body makes more and more internal fat to wrap around the chemicals to keep them away from your vital organs. As most diet sodas have no calories and no recognized ingredients we know they are a cocktail of chemicals that encourage your body to gain and store fat especially on your legs and bottom away from your organs. Diet drinks are not good for your body your health or even for dieting, says behavior psychologist Marisa Peer.’

Chronic consumption of aspartame can lead to potentially harmful side effects to your body, and the long term effects in humans are still not certain, although recent studies in animals prove its damaging effects, especially to the brain.

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