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Is Diet Soda Really a Better Choice?

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It may contain fewer calories than your standard Coke or Pepsi, but a diet soda isn’t completely void of unhealthy consequences.

A new six-year observational study in the journal Diabetes Care discovered that people who drink a daily diet soda have a 36 percent greater risk of metabolic syndrome when compared to those who pass on downing all soda. Regarding type-2 diabetes, the risk jumps 67 percent.

The study’s authors, from the University of Texas’ Health Science Center in Houston, concluded that diet soda consumption—either independently or in conjunction with other dietary and lifestyle behaviors—may lead to weight gain, impaired glucose control, and eventual diabetes.

While further research is needed, it’s easy to see that there’s no benefit to soda. Stick with water, tea, 100 percent fruit juices, and a daily glass of red wine if you like.

About The Author

David Schipper – David began writing for CorePerformance.com in 2008, after spending six years at Men's Health magazine digging up the newest scientific research in health, weight loss, nutrition, muscle and cardiovascular fitness.

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Tags: Hydration, Beverages, Health

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