It’s not at all uncommon to think that the best way to cut back on things that are bad for us is to opt for the “light” or “diet” versions of the real thing.
For those of us who are trying to cut back and reduce the high amounts of sugar we take in everyday, but can't survive without the taste of sweet bubbly hitting our lips every now and then --diet soda, or even just “sugar free” sodas, sound like the right way to go ...right?
We are not uncovering any big secret when we say that artificially sweetened sodas are NOT a healthy alternative to anything. More than that,:
Artificially sweetened soda is traced to being involved in countless arthritis pain cases. It is also as a catalyst for severe joint pain and soreness in those who already have arthritis.
The reason diet soda in particular is to blame for such a claim is due to the chemicals found in it: most diet sodas contain artificial sweeteners.
What happens When Artificial Sweeteners Enter the Body?
Natural sweeteners, when introduced to the body, cause slight hypertension (make your blood pressure go up). When synthetic sweeteners enter the body, they cause the body to react in the same way, but exponentially higher.
Blood pathways naturally constrict when sugar appears in the body (called “vasoconstriction”). It happens every time, but due to the extreme response from artificial sweeteners (fake sugars), the body tenses up that much more --causing the bottlenecks in the body --your joints-- to tighten up. While this reaction happens with natural sugars, it is amplified with artificial sweeteners.
Artificial Sweeteners Can Be Traced to Arthritis.
The bad news about diet soda doesn't stop there, though. Not a chance. According to a 2014 study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, women who consumed a diet soda (or regular soda for that matter) at least once a day jumped up their chances of contracting rheumatoid arthritis by, get this --71%.
Those that consumed only one diet soda (or regular soda) a month held greatly smaller chances of being diagnosed with the disease, the study reported.
In many people, artificial sweeteners can cause a reaction that does more than just raise their blood pressure by a few points. In some individuals, synthetic sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose cause the body to go into alert mode: their immune systems recognize the unnatural chemical as a threat and spring into action to fight it off. As this battle in your blood stream rages on, your blood pathways can constrict even more so, causing extreme pain, discomfort, and inflammation in the joints for those who already have arthritis.
So, When Is It OKAY to Use Artificial Sweeteners?
As if we needed more proof that diet sodas are awful for you, now it can also be traced to being a provider of arthritis pain. If you are trying to cut back on your intake of natural sugars, look elsewhere for an alternative. It is certainly not a smarter choice for your overall health in any way.
The bottom line to remember is that if any part of what you are about to eat is unnatural or synthetic (not from the ground) --don't put it into your body.
Hu Y., Costenbader K., Gao X., et al. “Sugar-sweetened soda consumption and risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis in women”. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2014.
Everson, K.. "Is Diet Soda Harmful For Arthritis?." BlogHer. 2014.
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