Study Says Diet Soda Doesn’t Help you Lose Weight

Mother’s junk food diet predisposes children to a high fat, high sugar diet for life

In fact, a Purdue University study has found that diet sodas are linked to a long list of health problems, including diabetes, obesity and heart disease, and may not be any better than their more sugary counterparts. Susie Swithers, a professor of psychological sciences and behavioral neuroscientist, reviewed several studies that looked at whether drinking diet soft drinks over a long period of time increases the likelihood that a person develop other health problems. One study found that people who drank artificially sweetened soda were more likely to experience weight gain than those who drank regular soda. Other studies found that those who drank diet soda had twice the risk of developing diabetes or heart disease than those who did not. Most of the studies included drinks that contain aspartame, sucralose and saccharin, and about 30 percent of American adults regularly consume these sweeteners. While theyve only been around the past 25 years, the consumption of these drinks have skyrocketed, but so has concerns over obesity. Unfortunately, many organizations, such as the American Diabetes Association, support the use of low- and no-calorie sweeteners to help maintain a healthy weight, despite several studies that show the adverse effects that artificial sweeteners have on the body.

This study provides solid evidence to support the importance of obtaining proper nutrition and eating healthy when trying to conceive, and especially once a pregnancy has been confirmed. Poor dietary habits before birth lead to increased risk of overweight and chronic illnesses for offspring This research involved measuring and detecting opioid levels in a mouse model. Opioids are chemicals which are released when we eat foods that are high in fat and sugar, and that are responsible for causing the release of another ‘feel good’ chemical, dopamine. The team found that the gene responsible for encoding one of the opioids, enkephalin, was expressed at a higher level in the offspring of mothers who had consumed a junk food diet than in the offspring of mothers who ate standard rat feed. The increased enkephalin level found in those eating an unhealthy diet provides first time evidence that the opioid signaling pathway is less sensitive in junk-food exposed offspring. Reduced sensitivity to opioids means that individuals whose mothers eat too much junk-food during pregnancy and breastfeeding would have to eat more junk foods to get the same positive response, making them more likely to over consume high-fat and high-sugar foods. Lead study author, Dr. Jessica Gugusheff concluded “the results of this study will eventually permit us to better inform pregnant women about the enduring effect their diet has on the development of their child’s lifelong food preferences and risk of negative metabolic outcomes.” Continued research into the study of nutrigenomics (the study of the effects of foods and food constituents on gene expression) helps to explain why the prevalence of processed and refined junk foods is perpetuating the poor health of future generations that are now destined to be dependent on ‘frankenfoods’. Our children will unknowingly and unnecessarily suffer the long-term effects of sub-standard nutrition: overweight, obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, dementia and early death. Sources for this article include: About the author: John Phillip is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and Health Researcher and Author who writes regularly on the cutting edge use of diet, lifestyle modifications and targeted supplementation to enhance and improve the quality and length of life. John is the author of ‘Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan’, a comprehensive EBook explaining how to use Diet, Exercise, Mind and Targeted Supplementation to achieve your weight loss goal.

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