Priscilla Barnes

If you or someone you know drinks diet soda, please read this.

We all have heard it, and have likely thought it.

“Diet” drinks are better than full calorie drinks because, well, they have less calories.

And, somehow, zero sugar.

But they still taste amazing and sweet.

We know that in order to lose weight, we need to be in a calorie deficit. So why not incorporate diet drinks in order to consume less calories?

Because calories matter, but they’re not all that matter. (Read more here.)

If you hit a weight loss goal, but your health is compromised, is it worth it?

If you lost ten pounds, but increased your risk for heart disease, would you be happy?

Remember, your choices with food, movement, and lifestyle have the power to promote or prevent disease. You GET to choose! How cool is that?

A recent study might have you re-considering this age old obsession with Diet Coke.

This study found that “total artificial sweetener intake was associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease,” and more specifically cerebrovascular disease, or stroke.

When you make decisions on food and drink, are you only thinking about calories? Let’s change that.

Let’s think about how does this food or drink affect my current and future health?

Common Mindsets Here are some ways to adjust the way you approach food and lifestyle choices.

Sugar alternatives: big business.

Fortune Business Insights states that the sugar substitute market is valued at $6.35 billion in 2018, and is projected to reach $10.27 billion by 2026.

To be fair, it’s not all about Diet Sodas. Sugar substitutes are in flavored waters, zero-calorie drinks, cereals, yogurts, snack bars, fitness drinks, and even toothpastes just to name a few.

It’s hard to completely avoid them.

What should we do?

Try our best to decrease our intake. Limit the frequency of consumption of foods that are known to be high in artificial sweeteners.

Incorporate more health-boosting, anti-inflammatory foods. Think whole, nourishing foods that have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Incorporate more habits shown to prevent heart disease.Rather than focussing on the negative, focus on ways you can boost your health with lifestyle choices like these.

Know that all that glitters isn’t gold - the zero calorie Oreos, the zero calorie sodas, it’s too good to be true.

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