Artificial Sweeteners and weight gain
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?