How Drinking Too Much Soda Can Lead To weight Gain
Going on a diet means foregoing sugary drinks and greasy foods to lose weight. We believe we’re making health-conscious choices by opting for “diet” food labels, but there may be more than meets the eye. Diet soda was created to help us drop the pounds, but some evidence suggests it can tip the scale — not in our favor.
In Brit Lab’s latest video, “Can Diet Drinks Make You Fat?” host Gabriel Weston conducts a blood sugar test to determine whether there’s a difference in blood sugar before and after drinking a standard sugary coke and a diet coke on an empty stomach. First, Weston and her colleague Ben measured their baseline blood sugar level, then they tried some of the drinks, and then did a blood sugar reading again 20 minutes after sipping a drink. Weston’s blood sugar reading went from 4.2 to 4.4 after drinking diet soda, while Ben’s spiked from 4.6 to 6.5 after drinking regular soda.
The test shows artificial sweeteners, like aspartame, work in the sense they keep blood sugar low, but why does science suggest they contribute to weight gain?