Does Diet Coke Help in Fat Loss?

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Does Diet Coke Help in Fat Loss?

Does Diet Coke Help in Fat Loss?

In 2017, Science Daily published an article that harmed the reputations of Diet Coke and other artificially sweetened beverages. It began with the following lightning strike:

"A new study suggests that artificial sweeteners may be linked to long-term weight gain and an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease."

Almost immediately, nearly every body-conscious diet soda drinker who read that slackened their jaw. They all resembled the shocked emoji. What they read appeared to defy logic. It was as if they'd just discovered that mom's chicken soup aggravated colds and flus.

True, the notion that artificially sweetened soft drinks are bad for you had been circulating for at least a couple of years by 2017, but "bad for you" simply meant that they allegedly increased your appetite, causing you, weak-willed schlub that you are, to gain fat in the long run. Now comes this new missive from hell, adding to the list of crimes committed by artificially sweetened beverages.

In any case, a lot of people believed it, and rather than dissecting the studies or the specific allegations made against diet sodas, they stopped using them as a tool to lose weight.

Furthermore, their minds were most likely closed to any subsequent studies that might have exonerated artificially sweetened drinks, particularly the most recent one (Pearson, et al., 2021), which suggested that when mixed with meals, Diet Coke – when compared to regular Coke – had positive effects on post-prandial (after eating) energy expenditure and insulin concentrations without any significant increase in appetite.



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