What Too Much Diet Soda Does To Your Body And Brain


– Narrator: In the early 1960s a new kind of beverage took the stage. It wasn’t a new shape
or a color or flavor. No, this was diet soda and it was awesome. With fewer calories and less sugar diet soda promised to be a healthier alternative to regular soda. But, like most promises in life that sound too good to
be true, it probably is. Can you tell the difference between a glass of regular and diet soda? Turns out, neither can your body and that’s where the trouble starts. Until recently, everything we ate contained some amount of calories. When we ate something sweet, for example, the brain sent signals to our pancreas, which started producing insulin that stored the sugar molecules
in our cells for energy. So, when we drink diet soda, the sweetness tricks our body
into thinking it’s real sugar but when those energy
packed calories don’t arrive the insulin has nothing to store. Scientists think that repeatedly
tricking our body this way could explain why study after study keeps finding the same thing. That drinking diet soda is associated with metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a mix of conditions that includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar and weight gain which can increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke. In fact, one study found
that diet soda drinkers had a higher risk of stroke and dementia than regular soda drinkers. And for another eight-year-long
study, between 1979 and 1988 participants who started
out at a normal weight and drank an average of
21 diet beverages a week faced double the risk of
becoming overweight or obese by the end of the study compared to people who avoided
diet beverages completely. And while drinking diet soda
with the meal may sound like a tasty calorie free
alternative to plain water, the growing body of
research is starting to find that this may be the
worse time to drink it because the fake calories in the diet soda could ultimately disrupt how many of the real calories we metabolize, potentially leaving excess calories behind that we then store as fat. Another issue could be the fact that artificial sweeteners in diet sodas can be 10s to 100s of
times sweeter than sugar. So when we taste it, our brains anticipate more calories than what we give it. It’s like when you go to a
party expecting loads of food and you end up with a handful
of veggies and vegan cheese. You’re left unsatisfied and hangry. In the same way, artificial sweeteners can leave our brains wanting more which studies have shown
leads to increased appetite and potential weight gain in
fruit flies, mice, and humans. So if the reason you’re drinking diet soda is to drop a few pounds,
maybe just stick to water. Got any friends obsessed with diet soda? Share this video with them
and thanks for watching.

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100 thoughts on “What Too Much Diet Soda Does To Your Body And Brain

  1. If you looked at the population data if metabolic syndrome from diet soda use, you will find that it is usually in the poorer/uneducated population. In a white collar job, you can see that everyone drinks diet soda and are skinny. There are always some that insist on no soda, which is the healthiest option if all. But a zero calorie drink is they next healthiest option if consumed with common sense moderation.

  2. I was at a McDonald's and an obese woman ahead of me ordered two Big Macs, extra large fries, a Mcflury, and a large Diet Coke. When I heard Diet Coke in the end, it just didn't make sense.

  3. Wait I already have T1 diabetes and that means my pancreas doesn’t work and diet soda doesn’t have carbs so is that still technically a problem for me?

  4. Not to mention that aspartame in diet soda or aspartame in general breaks down into your body as ethyl alcohol and it builds up over time. Meaning the more you eat thing with aspartame, the closer you are to dying from methanol alochol poisoning
    Edit:fixed from ethyl to methanol alchohol

  5. Umm yes – I can tell the difference between diet and regular soda. Eat honey – and level out your glucose / sucrose blood/sugar levels – and don't drink that diet crap

  6. I stopped drinking Coca Cola Zero and started with the normal one. Because in the zero if there aren't any sugars and the thing is still sweet then there is something wayy worse that they've put…

  7. Scientifically this video makes zero sense. Insulin doesn't work that way and "fake calories" don't produce energy so they won't block out regular calories. The only credible part of the video starts at 2:18

  8. Pls fill out this survey https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSegXI0vclW3bP4jh9vU4Vayp7d3UoQ6r_MSksa0FQQT4N5kaA/viewform?usp=sf_link

  9. People drinking 21 diet sodas a week (three a day) tended to gain more weight? Well yeah, that's a lot of indulgence at the table … piece it together …

  10. I was having lunch with a close friend of mine a year ago and he suggested that diet soda was even more horrible than regular soda. Since he’s a close friend of mine, I didn’t really want to argue and start some sort of a debate. It was just a chill conversation and I wasn’t planning to ask him to cite his sources.

    I love diet soda. I’ll go ahead and admit that. When I go out, it’s my go to beverage and I prefer it over alcoholic drinks. My mom drinks diet soda and she has been losing weight. I’ve noticed that the only time I gained weight was when I went above my daily caloric intake. Regular soda is so much more harmful. It contains high fructose corn syrup and more than 30 grams of sugar. I’m a young adult and my intake is about 25 grams a day. I’ve always loved soda, but diet soda makes it possible for me to drink carbonated beverage and not gain weight because of it. If diet soda didn’t exist, I would have gotten diabetes by now or would have quit soda altogether.

  11. Maybe instead of scaremongering, you could actually do research and reporting. But then it wouldn't make a you a news media company that makes money off of click bait and controversy. Soda companies should sue you for slander.

    Try these for actual recent science and discussion on the matter.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
    https://www.sciencedaily.com/
    https://academic.oup.com/

    https://www.bmj.com/
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/

  12. Not to me, cause I drink 2.5L of Diet Coke per day and I have practically all my life and finally after all my life? I finally had a medical check up and the result was like a result for a kid. And I am 68 years old!🤔

  13. It doesn't raise insuline at all. I have tested it many times on myself. It's still not good for you!

  14. Honestly, we only drink and eat sweet stuff because it taste good. -And Sweet so I think that gum is a better alternative than soda and sweets. Since you don’t really actually swallow it you just get the sweet taste. And that’s the best part of gum.

  15. That's loads of bs. My blood pressure and sugar is low and I lost 30 lbs in a couple months from drinking diet soda…I'm in keto, so I know it doesn't raise insulin.

  16. If diet soda would trigger insulin, type one diabetics would be forbidden to drink. Guess what: they aren’t

  17. Diet soda test subject reporting in. For Years now all i've ever consumed is Diet Soda. I used to be crazy overweight but, went from about 335lbs to 194lbs, and remained a Diet soda addict the entire time. Actually, 99% of the time, all i EVER drink is Diet soda for YEARS now. So far, so good. I've kept the weight off and don't have brain damage or other outlandish claims about 24/7 Diet Soda consumption.

    Keep in mind, i did'nt drop all that weight only from diet soda consumption. I also have a dedicated lifestyle of Exercise and Diet.

  18. Later studies have shown that artificial sweeteners do not cause an insulin response so how does this fit in with diet sodas causing insulin stimulation in the pancreas?

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