Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Don't Drink Diet Soda Either

Current Weight: 217 lbs
Body Fat: 30.1%
Stop Drinking Soda

As I mentioned previously, soda is not a healthy drink, and by eliminating it from your diet you can significantly reduce the amount of calories you intake every day. Some people feel that diet soda is okay, however, because it has no sugar. The problem with diet soda is that when you consume it, your body reacts as if you had drank a sweetened drink, increasing insulin levels, despite the lack of sugar. The increased insulin creates a sugar craving, and offsets your body's natural hormone levels.

In addition, both diet and regular soda typically contain phosphoric acid, which will destroy your skeletal tissues, muscles, bones, and connective tissues over time. They also commonly contain sodium benzoate as a preservative. Sodium benzoate (C6H5COONa) can damage and inactivate vital parts of DNA in a cell's mitochondria. Professor Peter Piper of the University of Sheffield states "The mitochondria consumes the oxygen to give you energy and if you damage it - as happens in a number of diseased states - then the cell starts to malfunction very seriously. And there is a whole array of diseases that are now being tied to damage to this DNA - Parkinson's and quite a lot of neuro-degenerative diseases, but above all the whole process of aging."

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