Care for some water? No way, get me a Diet Coke, or a Coke Zero. Water is for washing hands, not drinking. And regular soft drinks and juice are full of sugars and calories. So you decided a long time ago to go with artificial sweeteners. After a while, you didn’t even notice the slightly different taste compared to sugar sweetened beverages. And, diet drinks are zero calories. Win-win. Both taste buds AND body are happy. A no-brainer, right? Not so fast. A fascinating article – Artificially Sweetened Beverages Cause for Concern – recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), challenges the notion that artificial sweeteners are risk free. The article’s author, David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD, a Harvard professor and Founding Director of the Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) clinic at Children’s Hospital, Boston, makes three important points, especially in the context of artificially sweetened drinks: 1. Our body gets confused by artificial sweeteners – the dissociation between sweet taste and calorie intake may put the regulatory system that controls hunger and body weight out of sync, thus sabotaging weight loss plans. A study on rodents showed that those fed saccharin actually gained weight compared to rodents fed sucrose. 2. We’re “Infantilizing” our taste sense – Artificial sweeteners are a hundredfold sweeter than sucrose (table sugar). By getting ourselves used to so much sweet, normal sweet flavors, of fruit for example, become bland and so do other healthful foods such as grains and vegetables, thus reducing our willingness to consume them and ultimately the quality of our diet. 3. Long term effects unclear – while there have been many studies on artificial sweeteners and disease such cancer, very few focused on long term weight gain. A seven year study, (San Antonio Heart Study), showed a relationship between diet drink consumption and obesity, but the causation is not clear. Consumption of artificial sweeteners is growing yearly. According to Ludwig, If trends in consumption continue, the nation will, in effect, have embarked on a massive, uncontrolled, and inadvertent public health experiment. Although many synthetic chemicals have been added to the food supply in recent years, artificial sweeteners in beverages stand out in their ability to interact with evolutionarily ancient sensorineural pathways at remarkably high affinity.
Mountain Dew is one of the most damaging drinks to the body in my opinion. Everything from high sugar levels to caffeine to preservatives and brominated vegetable oil make it a health zapping product. There is also some controversy regarding the safety of the sodium benzoate. PepsiCo lists their ingredients in Mt Dew as: Carbonated water High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) Concentrated orange juice and other natural flavors Citric acid Sodium-benzoate(preserves freshness) Caffeine (55.2 mg per 12 oz.) Sodium citrate Gum arabic Erythorbic acid (preserves freshness) Calcium disodium EDTA (to protect flavor) Brominated vegetable oil Yellow 5 So in summary - these are the product *benefits* - 1) Acidic pH levels that leach minerals from your bones 2) High acid levels and sugar destroy teeth 3) High fructose causes hit to the pancreas, spikes glucose and causes weight gain. 4) Increases uric and lactic acid levels which increases disease risk. 5) Raises triglyceride levels 6) Inhibits copper metabolism 7) Contains 11.5 teaspoons of sugar per 12 oz serving. 8) Suppresses your immune system anywhere from 6-36 hours 9) Contains sodium benzoate which deactivates parts of DNA and destroys mitochondria function thus inducing fatigue and other diseases. 10) High levels of caffeine tax the adrenal glands which lower immune resistance and hormone levels over time. 11) Brominated Vegetable Oil contributes to lower thyroid function through displacement of iodine and also creates bromide toxicity which has been tied to cancer among other degenerative diseases. 12) Yellow Dye #5 can contribute to allergic reactions. Allergies kick up inflammation. Google chronic inflammation and you will see all the negative aspects of doing this to your body.
How to Overcome Mountain Dew Addiction
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Brominated Vegetable Oil
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