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    Are Diet Drinks Making Us Fat?

    When I began my weight loss journey, one of the first things that I changed was going from Coke to Diet Coke. Then when I began the Atkins Diet, I switched from Diet Coke to Diet Pepsi because it is aspartame free (silver can, not light blue). I did lose the weight. However, after reading about the dangers of artificial sweeteners, am I better off without it? Of course, we do not know if any of these sweeteners are safe or harmful, yet.

    Where do most of us get artificial sweeteners? Myself, it is in my coffee and diet sodas. I can switch to creamers and flavored waters. I know that I do not want to regain weight.

    Diet drinks are associated with weight gain, new research suggests

    Over the past decade, Americans have soured on artificial sweeteners.

    Once heralded as sweet substitutes for sugar without as many belt-busting calories, people once couldn't get enough sucralose and aspartame. But recently, people have started looking at the molecules with increasing suspicion, amid studies that linked them to increased belly fat — and bogus but widespread rumors that they led to things much worse.

    But their draw remained because of the simplest of math equations: Fewer calories means fewer pounds.

    Both the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association gave their stamp of approval to artificial sweeteners with statements listed on their websites in 2014, and Americans ate it up.

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    It is like with anything, too much is problematic. I'd rather have a splenda with my coffee, maybe a few packets a day, than the 100s of calories actual sugar would add to my 0 calorie coffee. But if you drink every single drink with that stuff, its not good. Plus there are a lot of other crap in those diet drinks.

    The sweeteners themselves I don't think increases weight, but increase appetite, making people eat more.

    And I would think those people drinking diet drinks (as opposed to just drinking regular old water) also have poor eating habits to begin with.
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    I think mostly people want to believe that they are making people fat because of a strange urge to believe that the experts who came up with it are actually fools. I think it ties into distrust of science, people thinking they can get their own "unadulterated" truth from some obscure blog on the internet. Also there's probably a bit of aassociation fallacy thrown in. Overweight people drink diet soda, therefore diet soda is why they are fat. Like saying bald people wear hats, therefore hats are why they are bald, when in reality it's baldness that leads to excessive hat wearing.
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    Quit drinking soda and drink black coffee.

    That's what I do.

    Of course I can eat a gallon of ice cream and sit down and burn it off because of my metabolism.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Sampson Simpson View Post
    It is like with anything, too much is problematic. I'd rather have a splenda with my coffee, maybe a few packets a day, than the 100s of calories actual sugar would add to my 0 calorie coffee. But if you drink every single drink with that stuff, its not good. Plus there are a lot of other crap in those diet drinks.

    The sweeteners themselves I don't think increases weight, but increase appetite, making people eat more.

    And I would think those people drinking diet drinks (as opposed to just drinking regular old water) also have poor eating habits to begin with.
    Also, I think there is a tendency people have to rationalize calories elsewhere because they were "good" about drinking diet drinks. In the end they still are consuming the same amount, but they feel better about it because "they don't drink sugary drinks". Personally I've never been much of a fan of diet sweeteners because they just aren't very convincing. I'd rather have less food made with fat and sugar than more food made with synthetic stuff. As for sodas, I'm a seltzer guy.

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    Does the body look at artificial sweeteners differently then sugar? Those with a diabetic problem are the fake sweeteners safer to use use as far as sugar problems go?

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    I have significantly reduced both my artificial sweetener and artificial color intake. At least the part which was coming through sodas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by THOR View Post
    Does the body look at artificial sweeteners differently then sugar? Those with a diabetic problem are the fake sweeteners safer to use use as far as sugar problems go?
    That is something that they are not sure of at this time. I think it is an interesting topic because I switched to diet soda then switched brands to avoid aspartame. I see no negative to giving up soda now in my life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amelia View Post
    I have significantly reduced both my artificial sweetener and artificial color intake. At least the part which was coming through sodas.
    Has this done anything for you, that you have noticed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amelia View Post
    I have significantly reduced both my artificial sweetener and artificial color intake. At least the part which was coming through sodas.
    What was the motivation...and what have been the results??

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