If you think you're doing your waistline any favors by drinking a chemically-brewed, sugar free soda concoction your just plain out-right wrong. A couple of new studies found that people who drink diet sodas had bigger waists and were more likely to have diabetes then those who did not.
After completing a two decades long study epidemiologists from the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio reported data showing that diet soft drink consumption is associated with increased waist circumference in humans,
A second study that found aspartame raised fasting glucose (blood sugar) in diabetes-prone mice.
"Data from this and other prospective studies suggest that the promotion of diet sodas and artificial sweeteners as healthy alternatives may be ill-advised," said Helen P. Hazuda, Ph.D., professor and chief of the Division of Clinical Epidemiology in the School of Medicine. "They may be free of calories but not of consequences."
The statistics are mind boggling. The study showed that diet soft drink users, as a group, experienced 70 percent greater increases in waist circumference compared with non-users. Frequent users, who consumed two or more diet sodas a day, experienced waist circumference increases that were 500 percent greater than those of non-users.
So the science is clear. If you want a slim waist ditch the diet coke.