Is Zero Good or Bad Coca-Cola for Diabetes?
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One of the first fears I had when I was diagnosed with diabetes was that I would have to give up soda, pop, soda, as it is called in your place of residence. The reason I was told that when I was younger than the soda diet it caused cancer or could grow a second head or something. I loved my sodas so I was in a kind of panic.
So I set out to find out the actual scoop of diet soda, and in particular, Coke Zero, one of my favorites.
MYTH – 1
Coca-Cola Zero Will Cause Cancer
Coca-Cola Zero or any other diet soda has been linked to cancer thanks to a study by Morando Soffritti. Soffritti used laboratory rats to test the effects on long-term utraSweet aspartame. His conclusion was that aspartame played a significant role as a carcinogen.
The problem with his methodology was that Soffritti gave rats more aspartame than a human could ingest in a lifetime. Several studies have been carried out since then and have found no link between aspartame and cancer.
As far as Coke Zero is concerned, it uses aspartame but not in concentrations that other diet drinks use. It also uses Splenda as an artificial sweetener.
Myth – 2
Diet soda is harmless.
Because there are no calories, sugars or carbohydrates in the soda diet, many people think it is harmless.
But there is a higher concentration of acid in diet drinks. As a matter of fact, diet drinks are much more acidic than "regular" soda. This can lead to acid reflux and premature dental caries.
MYTH – 3
I can lose a lot of weight by drinking Coke Zero.
While Coke Zero and many other diet drinks have no calories or sugars, they also have no nutritional value.
In fact, studies have linked the massive consumption of diet soda for weight gain and even diabetes!
Is Coca-Cola Zero, or any diet soda good for diabetics? As with anything else, a diet drink in moderation is fine for the diabetic who needs that sizzle from time to time. But it's also a good idea to replace some of those Coke Zeros with water glasses. Coca-Cola will not give you brain cancer or make you grow a second head, but it's also not the ideal sedative for those with diabetes.
I hope this answers your question is Coca-Cola zero good or bad for diabetes. Do not forget to get your diabetes shopping list by clicking on the link here:
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