The media has recently found that the U.S. President Donald Trump is drinking as many as 12 cans of Diet Coke every day. Experts suggest his habit could boost the risk of several serious conditions.
Dr. Vasanti Malik, who teaches nutrition at Harvard University, noted that the President is drinking a “mega dose” of coke which is not good in the long run.
Past studies have shown that diet soda can negatively impact heart health, teeth, and the gut. Diet Coke has no real sugar, no fat, and no calories, but it is touted as a healthier alternative to regular soda.
Experts say that no type of soda is good for the health. Plus, Diet Coke’s sweetness is due to aspartame, an artificial sweetener that has been often considered to be cancer-causing. Aspartame can also worsen digestive problems, and up the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes.
Past research has tried to analyze the impact of Diet Coke on the human health, but no study required participants to drink 12 cans of Diet Coke daily, which makes it hard to tell what health risks President Trump’s soda habit may pose.
Diet Coke Could Lead to Diabetes
Mouse studies, on the other hand, have analyzed the effects of mega doses of Diet Coke and found an increased risk of heart problems, brain, and digestive disease.
Since every can of light coke contains 180 mg of aspartame, President Trump is sipping 2,160 mg of the cancer-causing artificial sweetener every day. The FDA, however, claims that it is ok since the daily recommended intake of the sweetener is 3,750 mg per day.
Study authors claim that while diet sodas may contain less sugar than regular ones, since they are sweeter, they may encourage the taste for sweets in the long term.
Past studies have shown that artificial flavors that are sweeter than sugar prompt the brain to consume more sweets. This is why, paradoxically, diet drinks encourage drinkers to eat and drink sweet stuff until they become pre-diabetic.
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