Can low-calorie drinks be healthier for you?
By Samantha Bailey
By James Gallagher
Health editor, BBC News website
7 January 2016
Nobody will say that a full sugar soda is good for you considering a 500ml bottle of cola equals about 200 calories. However Professor Swithers and Professor Rogers might have a different opinion. Low calorie drinks can be considered unhealthy, because of the sweeteners used. Drinking low-calorie/diet drinks can cause weight gain and increase the risk of getting type 2 diabetes. Their are 3 different types of sweeteners aspartame, saccharin, and stevia. A full sugared drink had a lot more calories than drinking a low-calorie/diet drink and eating more food, although isn't healthier.
Studies say the low-calorie/diet drinks are worse. They have sweeteners like aspartame, saccharin, and stevia. Aspartame is a white crystalline powder that is a white amino acid. Saccharine is the first artificial sweetener made in, 1879. Stevia is a sweetener made from the South American Stevia plant. All three of these sweeteners have been used in a variety of low-calorie/diet drinks and studies concluded that they are bad for people. Even though low-calorie/diet drinks can have just one calorie, they also contain the three sweeteners.Which can cause weight gain and increase the risk of getting type 2 diabetes. “A lot of people assume they must be healthy choices because they are not sugared beverages, but the critical thing for people to understand is we don’t have the evidence,” said Professor Swithers. In the end result they came to a conclusion that people who were consuming the sweeteners did end up eating more than those who just stuck with sugary drinks, they still consume fewer calories. I drink soda sometimes and often it is diet and now I know that diet soda isn’t healthy. A full sugared drink had a lot more calories than drinking a low-calorie/diet drink and eating more food, although isn't healthier.
Works Cited“Health.” BBC News. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Jan. 2016. <http://www.bbc.com/news/health-34924036>.