Do Diet Soft Drinks Affect Blood Sugar?

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Study: Diet Soda May Do More Harm Than Good

Diet soda drinkers have the same health issues as those who drink regular soda, according to a new report published Wednesday. Purdue University researchers reviewed a dozen studies published in past five years that examined the relationship between consuming diet soda and health outcomes. They then published an opinion piece on their findings in the journal Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism, saying they were “shocked” by the results. "Honestly, I thought that diet soda would be marginally better compared to regular soda in terms of health," said Susan Swithers, the report's author and a behavioral neuroscientist and professor of psychological sciences. “But in reality it has a counterintuitive effect.” Artificial sweeteners in diet soda fulfill a person’s craving for a sweet taste, without the calories. But that's the problem, according to researchers. Think of it like crying wolf. The fake sugar in diet sodas teases your body by pretending to give it real food. But when your body doesn't get the things it expects to get, it becomes confused on how to respond. While the studies they reviewed only looked at diet soft drinks, the researchers suggest that this could appl Continue reading >>

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  1. 1003hjf

    does diet coke impact blood sugar level readings?

    I drank a diet coke between lunch and the 2 hour reading--will this have an effect on the reading?. Thx!!

  2. Shanny


    Originally Posted by 1003hjf
    I drank a diet coke between lunch and the 2 hour reading--will this have an effect on the reading?. Thx!! It shouldn't, but there's always the exception to the rule. Was your 2-hour reading higher than you expected, considering whatever it was you ate for lunch?

  3. 1003hjf

    Shanny you are amazing in your speedy response! I have another hour to go before the 2 hour mark. Thx for your response about my other question. Would a "normal" person have a 155 reading after pasta, chicken and cake?

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