Here’s why kids should never consume diet soda drinks

01/7Diet Soda: Good or Bad?

Diet soda is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, it has aspartame, sweeteners, phosphoric acid, carbonated water, caramel colour, sodium citrate, sodium benzoate, etc. Children and teenagers who consume low-calorie sweetened beverages consume more calories on a given day compared with those who drink water, says a study. According to a research, teenagers who consumed diet beverages ended up having about the same number of calories as youth who consumed sugary beverages. These results challenge the utility of diet or low-calorie sweetened beverages when it comes to cutting calories and weight management but that’s not true! This is why your kids should stop drinking it now:

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02/7Artificial colours

Diet soda is a mixture of carbonated water, artificial or natural sweeteners, colors and flavors . These colours may have dangerous side effects for the body.

03/7Not the right way of getting hydrated

Diet soda is not a good way to quench your thirst. It has zero nutritional value and its caffeine content may contribute to dehydration. Caffeine is a diuretic in nature, so sodas with caffeine will add to the dehydration. The more you drink, the more you will urinate, depleting the body with essential minerals and can result in dizziness, headaches, speeding heart and seizures.

04/7It has artificial sweetener

Aspartame, the artificial sweetener in diet soda, was found to promote fat production and inflammation after being consumed regularly for two weeks. It may cause minor discomforts like headaches, digestive distress and mood changes and several researches prove that it may have long term health implications.

05/7It does not help cut calories

Kids and teens who drink low-calorie sweetened beverages, such as a diet soda, not only ingested extra calories compared to water drinkers, but also took in more calories from added sugars in foods and beverages.

06/7Kills hunger

Many people drink sugar-free soda to cut back on calories or lose weight but it will make you eat more because it will increase appetite by stimulating hunger hormones, altering sweet taste receptors and triggering dopamine responses in the brain. Because diet sodas are free of calories, these responses make people consume higher amount of sweet or calorie-dense foods, resulting in weight gain.

07/7It has artificial sweetener

Aspartame, the artificial sweetener in diet soda, was found to promote fat production and inflammation after being consumed regularly for two weeks. It may cause minor discomforts like headaches, digestive distress and mood changes and several researches prove that it may have long term health implications.

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