Diet Soda: Not helpful

Diet soda, advertised at zero calories, zero sugar, but what makes it so sweet? According to the nutrition facts, it has aspartame, a common artificial sweetener, in it.

According to CNN, Lauren Kane, a spokeswoman for the American Beverage Association, released a statement that said low-calorie drinks were safe to consume after being extensively reviewed by the FDA, World Health Organization, European Food Safety Authority and many other government safety regulators.

But why are there so many health articles bashing diet sodas?

Science, my dear Watson.

Several studies conducted over the years that link artificial sweeteners to stroke, dementia, weight gain, chronic migraine, diabetes and many other health issues.

But when it comes to having bariatric surgery, most doctors recommend not having any type of soda after surgery. Even if they have zero calories. There are diet plans available that are aspartame free, for those trying to avoid the sweetener.

Why?

Carbonated soda can lead to bloating, abdominal discomfort, and can slow the healing process of the newly created bypass or sleeve. Doctors recommend not drinking soda at all after surgery to get the best results of extreme weight loss surgery. Soda does not assist removing the fat cells and toxins from the body as compared to water, it can actually break your diet. It can also stretch out your sleeve or bypass due to the carbonation and can cause “Dumping Syndrome”.

Then what should I drink?

Though the cravings will be tough to break, water is your best ally. Herbal tea adds extra flavor to your warm drinks.

Diet soda may seem like a better option but with all the added artificial sweeteners and other chemicals, who is to say that it can help you on this weight loss journey?

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