Is Diet Pepsi Bad for your Health?
Soft drink manufacturers have been diversifying their products to cater for their ever-growing, and increasingly demanding, consumer base. PepsiCo and The Coca-Cola Company have been the major players in the soft drink market with the latter enjoying a favorable market share.
Diet Pepsi was test-marketed in 1963, formally introduced in 1964, and has been widely accepted since then. While it is clear that regular Pepsi is harmful, (in fact, there are at least 8 Reasons Why You Should Stop Drinking Regular Pepsi) the question — is Diet Pepsi bad for you? — still lingers inside the minds of many dietitians, scientific researchers, and the general public at large.
Recent studies have revealed that even though Diet Pepsi is far better than regular Pepsi as far as calorie intake is concerned, it’s not necessarily a healthy alternative.
Because it contains zero calories and zero sugar, Diet Pepsi is often billed as a nutritional solution to those not only trying to lose weight, but also those keen on preventing sugar-related diseases.
Unfortunately it may not be the weight loss wonder drink like so many believe.
Diet Pepsi and Artificial Sweeteners
Diet Pepsi is a carbonated beverage that uses the artificial sweeteners Sucralose and Acesulfame Potassium. Compared to real sugar, artificial sweeteners have a more intense flavor which tends to dull our senses towards naturally sweet foods such as fruit (Read about the top 5 fruits to eat after a workout).
What is even more worrisome is the fact that sweeteners have been found to produce the same effect as sugar in your body. They trigger insulin which in turn signals your body to store fat, leading to weight gain and obesity rather than weight loss.