The consumption of artificial sweeteners has been linked to Glucose intolerance which is when the body can not process large amounts of sugar.
As a Type-2 diabetic, I occasionally will consume something containing an artificial sweetener because real sugar is no longer an option. I have read plenty of studies that show that diet pops that use artificial sweeteners are related to weight gain which in turn contributes to developing Type-2 diabetes.
The battle about the impact of these artificial sweeteners has been raging at my house for quite some time, even before my diagnosis. My wife is addicted to Diet Coke and Coke Zero. Her consumption rate is alarming. I prefer if the crap was never brought into the house.
At face value it should be a healthy alternative to sugar laden pop - which I detest as well. It saves you 160 calories and solves the craving for something sweet to drink There is much more to these chemical cocktails like aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose than meets the eye.
Artificial sweeteners trigger insulin, which sends your body into fat storage mode and leads to weight gain. One diet soda a day was associated with a 36% increased risk of metabolic syndrome and diabetes in a University of Minnesota study. Artificial sweetener may trigger headaches in some people. Citric acid, which weakens and destroys tooth enamel over time. Other studies indicate that diet soda drinkers are more likely to have depression, bad bone density and heart issues.
The best no-calorie beverage? Plain old water
So given the growing mountain of research, don't you think it is time to give up diet soda.