Another study published in Diabetes Care shows a strong connection between diet soda consumption and the development of belly fat and high blood sugar levels, both of which are factors related to type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. In fact, those who consumed diet soda at least daily had a 67% higher risk of developing type 2 than those who didn’t drink diet soda. While other factors may be involved and diet soda cannot be proven as the only cause, the link should not be ignored.
What to Drink Instead of Soda
Living a healthier, low-carb lifestyle that keeps your blood sugar levels in range doesn’t mean that you have to give up everything that’s good! One long-term study showed that just swapping one sugary drink for a water or unsweetened tea was able to significantly reduce the risk of developing diabetes in the first place.
Choose from these other tasty beverages that will keep you healthier:
Lemon Lime Fake-Soda
Refreshing on a hot day, drinking fizzy water combined with a bit of lime or lemon juice can offer satisfaction without the negatives.