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EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: IS DIET COKE BAD FOR YOU?

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first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: There are many things in health and fitness that cause a reaction.It could be the low carb debate, eating before bedtime, eating after 6pm, should you eat breakfast, should you eat carbs at breakfast, will fruit make you fat etc.All these topics usually get a huge reaction and will have people debating back and forth when one of the topics comes up. However, I have never seen something that causes so many people to react as the topic of diet coke/diet drinks and the artificial sweetener aspartame that is added to it.The biggest thing that struck me about the reactions to it is the scathing anger that people seem to have for a diet drinks containing aspartame.Comments about the dangers of it, the chemicals that are in it, the company that supply it and that someone in the fitness and health industry would ‘endorse’ it.The public’s reaction against aspartame seems to be fuelled by shared posts and memes on Facebook. The backlash against aspartame caused Pepsi to remove aspartame from Diet Pepsi (in the US), and replacing it with another artificial sweetener, sucralose.You could be forgiven for thinking that, if Pepsi are removing it from their drinks, there must be some pretty damning evidence behind their decision.Sadly, no.Pepsi have admitted that their decision is a ‘response to consumer preferences’, and cite aspartame as the reason.So what are the actual facts when it comes to aspartame and diet drinks in general?Are they bad for our health? Do they affect our brains??Do they cause headaches?Do they cause weight gain?There’s no shortage of material when it comes to aspartame research.There are more than 500 studies on it. Even if we cast a suspicious eye, and exclude studies funded by soft drinks manufacturers and the like, there are still hundreds of studies that have been carried out on aspartame.You would need to drink 32 cans of diet drinks daily to exceed the recommended daily limits for aspartame.When aspartame is ingested our body breaks down aspartame into three different components: one of these is methanol.The idea that aspartame is broken down into methanol, a product that is toxic is initially an alarming one, but we need more details first.Firstly, not all of the aspartame in a soft drink will be converted into methanol.Only about 10%, which translates to around 55 milligrams of methanol produced per litre of fizzy drink. 55 milligrams isn’t a lot, but any amount of methanol is bad, right?Not so.Aspartame isn’t the only thing in your diet that contributes to your methanol intake.There are many substances you might not initially expect contain methanol in small amounts.Aspartame is a pretty small contributor to our daily methanol exposure compared to other food sources.Diet drinks – 55mg/LRed wine – 99-271mg/LTomato Juice – 218mg/LThe other factor that people mention when it comes to aspartame and methanol is that methanol is also metabolised into formaldehyde, which is excreted in the urine, and that high levels of these chemicals have been shown to have no negative health effects.Again this is dose dependant and much higher levels of these chemicals in other food sources, than is produced by aspartame have been shown to have no negative health effects.Phenylalanine intake can pose risks, but only for those suffering from phenylketonuria.Phenylketonuria is a rare genetic condition that affects only 1 in every 10,000 people.People with this condition are unable to break down the amino acid phenylalanine, and as a result it can build up in their bodies to toxic levels.Obviously, for sufferers, aspartame-containing drinks pose a very real risk, as high levels can lead to brain damage, which is why any beverage containing aspartame must be clearly labelled as such.However, it must be emphasised that for the normal population, this isn’t a concern, as they can break down phenylalanine well before it reaches these levels.Cancer is often a worry with food additives.Aspartame has been studied for decades concerning whether or not it can have carcinogenic effects, and the vast majority of studies have found no link.In the mid-2000s, an Italian institute did claim to have provided evidence linking aspartame with cancers. However, the methods of these studies were criticised for a number of reasons and it’s now widely accepted that the data they collected on aspartame and cancer is highly unreliable, and has not been replicated.A lot of people claim that aspartame-containing drinks give them headaches.There are studies that are for and against the claims behind this and there is no conclusive evidence either way, all I can say on this point is that, if you get headaches when you drink a diet drink, don’t drink them.Does diet drinks prevent fat loss?There is no evidence that diet soda inhibits fat loss, or that it even spikes insulin levels to levels that would be detrimental to health.In summaryThere are no studies that indicate any long-term health risks from drinking diet drinks.Diet drinks are not harmful to health, well-being, or body compositionThere is currently no good evidence that diet drinks are bad for you (i.e. causes weight gain or health complications).#TrainSmartFor more information, contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118?ref=hl * Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: IS DIET COKE BAD FOR YOU? was last modified: November 23rd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Bad for youCoca Coladiet cokeemmet rushelast_img

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