8 Things That Happen When You Finally Stop Drinking Diet Soda

You’ve decided to give up diet soda—good idea! Maybe you weren’t hitting your weight-loss goals or couldn’t stomach that long list of ingredients anymore. Or perhaps you heard one too many times that it’s just not good for you.

Whatever the reason, eliminating diet soda from your diet will improve your health from head to toe. Research on diet soda is still in its infancy, but there’s enough out there to identify what you can look forward to when you put down the can and cool down with an unsweetened iced tea instead.

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Sorry, but soda/pop is one place I will not consider the diet alternative.  Simply due to taste – most just prompted me to drink water instead (for the best anyway, but not for Big Soda/Pop).

The aspect of weight loss because of coming off diet soda/pop isn’t that surprising.  It’s often suggested that we consume more because we’re under the impression the food/beverage is healthier so we can consume more. As the joke goes: I’ll have the extra large burger, extra large fries, and …a diet soft drink.

Study: Do TV Cooking Shows Make Us Fat?

If you’ve ever watched Giada de Laurentiis make gooey chocolate-hazelnut spread or a rich carbonara pasta dish, you may have wondered: How can she cook like this and maintain her slim figure?

Well, sorry to say, but a new study published in the journal Appetite suggests that many of of us home cooks who watch cooking shows can’t pull this off.

…a study published in the journal Preventive Medicine found that the more time middle-aged women spent cooking at home, the more likely they were to develop symptoms of metabolic syndrome, which increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Source: Do TV Cooking Shows Make Us Fat?

As the saying goes: “Never trust a skinny cook”.  The people who watched but did not cook were only 11 lbs less on average than those who watched and cooked.

Home cooking wasn’t found to be the panacea it’s claimed to be.  Home cooking, compared to eating out or buying prepared foods, wasn’t found to be much better but there’s no detail about what has consumed.  No mention of vegetarianism, gluten free, etc.  So I infer that the issue isn’t the nutrition of the home cooking but the portion control.  There’s less guilt thinking that you’re eating something healthy, but forgetting the part that comes up in my posts about vitamin K content – large portions can erode value very quickly.

This appears to have been a cross-sectional study. That means that it is just a snap shot of a given time and it is imperative to not draw causative conclusions. It is extremely difficult to tell direction of association in cross-sectional studies. That is, without additional work to parse out the mechanism here, one could also suggest that maybe women with high BMIs preferentially seek out cooking shows and learn to cook from scratch, rather than cooking shows + cooking from scratch leading to a high BMI.

Common Food Emulsifiers May be Linked to Metabolic Syndrome

Emulsifiers are used in processed foods, drugs, vitamins, vaccines, soaps, and cosmetics. They hold ingredients that generally don’t like to be together, like oil and water, in a stable union. They are found in everyday products ranging from mouthwash to ice cream to salad dressing and barbecue sauce.

When emulsifiers first came into vogue, they were classified by the government as GRAS—”generally regarded as safe”—because in animal studies designed to detect acute toxicity and/or carcinogenic properties, they exhibited neither. But their consumption in the Western world has risen dramatically over the late twentieth century, largely in tandem with inflammatory disorders like colitis and metabolic syndrome, a collective suite of obesity-associated diseases. That connection has prompted more refined safety studies on emulsifiers and other food additives.

The results of some of this new work were published in Nature, implicating two specific emulsifiers in the development of colitis and metabolic syndrome in mice. The emulsifiers exert these effects by disturbing a mouse’s microbial community.

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Through natural cooking, compounds are formed and released which we are entirely ignorant of, we have no idea what we’re putting into our mouths or the larger effects of consuming things routinely, and that’s without adding in synthesized preservatives, coloring’s and additives.

It holds no surprise that artificial emulsifiers are terrible for your digestive tract and overall well being, that being said, its far more convenient and “legal” to go to a store and buy mayonnaise than it is to actually make it. Some are less than keen on fresh mayo, simply because they fear eating raw yolks…
A minuscule chance of salmonella is far more frightening than gorging on less than tested additives to your average consumer.

The industry is slowly changing.  It began with vegetarianism becoming mainstream… Gluten free has gotten more traction than lactose intolerance, but there are non-dairy alternatives available on the shelves now.