Sunday, February 21, 2016

Artificial Sweeteners and weight gain
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/02/19/artificial-sweeteners-and-weight-gain/?ref=health&_r=0

In this article, Roni Caryn Rabin, writes about the relationship between artificial sweeteners and weight gain. She references two studies; one follows 6,814 people for at least 5 years, ages 45-94; which found that the people who drink a diet soda that contained an artificial sweetener at least once a day gained a 67% increased rate of developing type 2 diabetes compared to the people that didn't.
They also had a 36% increased risk of metabolic syndrome which could lead to diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. The second study she referenced followed a large group of people from San Antonio for 10 years and found that people who in a week drank more than 21 servings of diet drinks had their chances doubled of becoming overweight or obese.

I found this study to be very interesting and informative. I know many people that drink diet sodas and I am sure that they are unaware of the health risks that it poses. I find it ironic that these "diet" sodas are supposed to decrease the amount of unhealthy substances you take compared to regular soda but it does just the opposite. I am glad I found this article and am able to spread awareness about how bad artificial sweeteners are.
What do you guys think are a good solution to help discourage people from drinking these sodas?
I think that if you put a higher tax on these unhealthy substances that would discourage people from buying them. What do you guys think?

10 comments:

  1. Personally I feel that the appeal diet sodas have is the fact that it is called a diet soda. People like to think they are being safe without giving up what they love and diet soda is just that. It's like a placebo affect where you think you're making the right choice, but as the study says you'r not. However, the study isn't 100% reliable yet because of the limited research they have done. Two studies, no matter how many diverse people they had, is not enough to make your claim a fact. That being said I think the best solution is to determine if diet sodas are actually worse for you and stop companies for false propaganda.

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  2. I think a good way to stop drinking these unhealthy substances is to not surround yourself so much with people that drink it because that would just make yourself want to drink it even more. Another way is to change your diet because some people will also eat unhealthy and eating certain foods will make you crave soda because they think that it would taste better with the type of food you're eating. I kind of disagree with trying to increase the tax for these substances because I still think most people would still be desperate enough to purchase these drinks no matter what price they are. But this is something important that people need to stop and improve on. It is always important to stay healthy with what you're eating and drinking.

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  3. My mother as a nurse has always been wary of artificial sweeteners because she knows that they contain chemicals instead of natural sugars. Chemicals in general aren't a hazard to people since we are made of chemicals and most things we eat have some variation of chemicals. A good solution to discourage people from drinking diet sodas in excess is to be more informative on how the chemicals in the sweeteners effect their body. Just like how learning about the effects of tobacco on the bad stopped smokers, I feel like teaching about the effects of artificial sweeteners will make people at least drink them in moderation. Higher taxing on the product does sound like it could work as a preventive measure from people buying diet sodas but that doesn't inform anyone on why the product is unhealthy.

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  4. By using the name 'diet' it tricks people into thinking that they are being healthy because they aren't drinking 'normal' soda. Regular soda contains a lot of sugar, but they generally use a lot less chemicals than diet sodas. Many people know that diet soda's contain artificial sweeteners and a lot more chemicals to make it taste the same as a regular soda, but that doesn't change their opinion. I don't like the taste of diet soda, it tastes completely artificial. Just informing the public about the chemicals and artificial ingredients going into their favorite diet sodas will not change their preferences. There needs to be actual evidence that diet sodas will do something serious to their bodies. Yes diabetes and a whole bunch of health risks come with drinking any soda but if people understand that even with diet sodas they are still at risk. People should just stop drinking soda, but that will never happen.

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  5. My grandfather who drinks his tea with Artificial sweeteners has had health problems all his life, and he drinks diet Dr pepper, Which after reading this article proves that just because a sugared beverage has the label "diet" on it, does not mean that it is healthier for you.While it does have less sugar in it,it still can cause diabetes,and although these artificial sweeteners are supposed to be healthy people still get heart problems from being obese and that is caused by these supposed healthier items.

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  6. My grandfather who drinks his tea with Artificial sweeteners has had health problems all his life, and he drinks diet Dr pepper, Which after reading this article proves that just because a sugared beverage has the label "diet" on it, does not mean that it is healthier for you.While it does have less sugar in it,it still can cause diabetes,and although these artificial sweeteners are supposed to be healthy people still get heart problems from being obese and that is caused by these supposed healthier items.

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  7. I was not shocked to read about this, because I have heard in the past that diet sodas are actually worse for you than regular sodas. However, I was never aware of how this could be, and I definitely didn't know it was this bad. To discourage people from drinking diet sodas, I think the harmful effects of artificial sweeteners should be more publicized, so that more people are aware of its dangers. I also think that, although extremely unlikely, it would definitely benefit people if companies were simply prohibited from producing sodas with artificial sweeteners; if the health effects are this detrimental to our health, there is no point in even having sodas that appear to be healthier, since this only deceives the public. Also, since so many people are unaware of the harm they are doing to themselves, and it's pretty much impossible to inform everyone about these dangers, this would be the most obvious and effective way to prevent people from the risks of diet sodas.

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  9. I feel like the soda companies themselves should be responsible for setting things straight with all this false advertising. It doesn't seem fair that people trying to be healthy are tricked into further increasing their chances of being obese. In order to properly inform consumers, more of these studies should be advertised. Although I get that these "diet" sodas are for marketing, they should at least make an effort to actually make the drinks healthier. The article also warns that "more research is needed", so artificial sweeteners should be avoided all together until we know for sure its effects on our body.

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  10. I have grown up in a household where my parents told me to avoid using sugar packets with sweeteners like Splenda because they have been linked to cancer. The same thing with drinks that have the diet version. They have been connected to cancer and bad diseases for the bad chemicals that they put in them. I think if people know what could happen if they possibly drink/eat these bad substances too often they are aware of the bad that can cause to their body, and they will hopefully know what would happen if they do continue drinking this stuff.

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