Sinister Sweeteners

Many diet drinks and sodas use artificial sweeteners or non-nutritive sweeteners to replace regular sugar. Even though your sugar total is lowered, there are other negative side effects to artificial sweeteners.

Artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes are made from synthetic chemicals. They are not natural but produce a sweet taste, and are several thousand times sweeter than sugar with almost no calories.

Some names you will be familiar with are saccharin (Sweet and Low), sucralose (Splenda), and aspartame (Equal and NutraSweet). Sucralose is a form of sugar that is changed chemically by using chlorine to produce the artificial sweetener. Saccharin is a coal tar derivative and was found by accident to be very sweet. This actually was where Monsanto got its start in business by selling saccharin in 1901. Other sweeteners have been discovered as a part of studies on pesticides and insecticides like erythritol.

6. Poor Memory

Memory Problems

Drinking diet sodas regularly makes you three times more likely to experience dementia or strokes, especially if you are over 60 years of age. More studies are necessary to really confirm this, but the evidence so far does give you pause to slow down or drink diet soda in moderation.

5. Strokes and Smaller Brain Volume

Stroke

In one study, done by Yasmin Massavar-Rahmani, professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, suggests that repeated tiny strokes in the brain’s small blood vessels are a risk factor for dementia. “These findings show that we shouldn’t assume diet drinks are harmless when you consume them at higher levels.” All this brain damage can shrink brain cells, resulting in a smaller size brain.

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