Now that people are beginning to understand the health risks associated with consuming too much sugar, many are switching to sugar-free alternatives such as diet soda and other beverages made with artificial sweeteners. However, are these diet drinks bad for you? What are the best beverage options if you’re trying to reduce your intake of sugar?
Are Diet Sodas Bad for You?
In a recent journal published by the American Heart Association, it was discovered that women who drank a significant amount of artificially sweetened beverages each day (two or more) had a 23% higher risk of stroke, and were 29% more likely to suffer from heart disease than other women included in the study.
Although no understanding was found about why artificial sweeteners caused such a big spike in stroke risk, it is difficult to ignore the correlation.
Aren’t Diet Sodas better than Full Calorie Sodas?
The problem with diet soda isn’t about the sugar or calorie content alone. Sugar-free drinks and diet sodas are full of chemicals and unnatural ingredients that are bodies don’t recognize as food, and therefore have difficulty processing and digesting.
The inability to process these ingredients can cause a whole host of health issues. The artificial sweetener aspartame has been linked to fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting pains, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, depression, anxiety attacks, blurred vision, memory loss and a lot more.
If your desire to switch to diet soda is to have better health, unfortunately studies are showing that if anything this swap can be even more detrimental. But there is great news! There are much better options that will help curb your sweet beverage cravings without the negative side effects.
What are the Best Diet Drinks?
A much healthier alternative to diet soda is True Citrus. Our products only include the best simple and clean ingredients - no artificial flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives like those found in many diet drinks. Our Live True Promise applies to the high quality of the products we make, and the experience we provide to customers with our healthy drink mixes and salt-free seasoning blends. We are also devoted to creating ongoing support and guidance to our customers through our Keeping Healthy Blog.
You will never find chemicals, sodium, gluten, or GMO’s in our products. Instead, you’ll find bright natural flavors from real citrus oils, a delightful array of flavors, and products that are either unsweetened, lightly sweetened with all-natural Stevia (sugar-free), salt-free, low calorie, or 0-calorie.
True Citrus will help you to drink more water, and support a healthier, happier you. So put down that diet soda, and pick up True Citrus!
[Credit: Kelleher, Kevin. “Drinking Two or More Diet Sodas a Day Increases Likelihood of Strokes, Heart-Attacks, American Heart Association Says” Fortune.com]