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Coca Cola Zero And Diet Coke, A Deceit in Disguise

 Coca Cola Zero And Diet Coke
Note: This write-up is not in any way to tarnish the image of Coca Cola Plc, but to create awareness amongst consumers the health risks of consumption of this product.😀


Most people take Coca Cola almost on a daily bases, the major reason most people do so is to quench their cravings for sugar. But the truth is that it increases our cravings rather than decrease it. Yes, you may take a bottle of Coca Cola and feel satisfied, but you become hungry for some sweet foods to eat within a couple of minutes later.


Research has shown that the consumption of Coca Cola has several adverse health risks especially when one begins to age. This health issue arises as a result of the much sugar and calories contained in the drink. As researchers provide more convincing results about the health risks of taking the regular Coca Cola drink, consumers become aware of it and try as much as possible to abstain from it leading to a decrease in demand.

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Coca Cola won't like to lose its customers, so they need to produce a more appealing drink that will suit their consumer's needs and at the same time contain low or no sugar. This led to the invention of Diet Coke and latter Coke Zero. Is this company deceiving its consumers with the word "Diet" and "Zero" or they masking the health implications of the drink under the names? Read this to the end to find out for yourself.


Since it is called Diet Coke, don't you think it's 100% healthy? With the name Diet, most people started taking this drink, this time around, not necessarily for the taste or for any extra nutrition, but rather they believe it will help them lose weight. But a study carried out by researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Centre at San Antonio in 2011 proved otherwise. After following 474 diet soda drinkers for nearly 10 years, researchers found that the drinkers' waists grew 70 percent more than the waists of non-diet soda drinkers.


Further, those who drank two or more diet sodas a day had a 500 percent greater increase in waist size. A similar study published in 2015 also revealed a "striking dose-response relationship" between diet soda consumption and waist circumference. People who never drank diet soda increased their waist circumference by an average of 0.8 inches during the nine-year observation period, while daily diet soda drinkers gained an average of nearly 3.2 inches — quadruple that of those who abstained from diet soda altogether. Even occasional diet soda drinkers added an average of 1.83 inches to their waistline in that time period. So what could have been the cause of this since Diet Coke has no sugars? Despite the absence of sugar in Diet Coke, it's taste is very similar to the regular Coca Cola that contains sugar.

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At least, we should have expected it to be tasteless. The reason for the sweet taste of Diet Coke is because of the presence of an artificial sweetener called aspartame in the drink. This wasn't supposed to be a problem if not for the fact that its reactions disrupt metabolic responses. "Aspartame is a synthetic chemical composed of the amino acids phenylalanine and aspartic acid, with a methyl ester. When consumed, the methyl ester breaks down into methanol, which may be converted into formaldehyde."


How Does Aspartame disrupt metabolic response? Artificial sweeteners like aspartame provide the body with little or no calories even though it is as sweet and at times even sweeter than sugar. This poses a big problem to the brain because the brain balances the taste of sweetness with the amount of calories. So a very sweet food should have a high caloric content. But when artificial sweeteners are used in food, they produce a taste of sweetness without providing any calories to match it up.


A study found that an artificially sweetened, lower-calorie drink that tastes sweet can trigger a greater metabolic response than a drink with a higher number of calories. Your body uses the drink's sweetness to help determine how it should be metabolized. When sweetness matches up with the calories, your brain's reward circuits are duly satisfied. However, when the sweet taste is not followed by the expected calories, your brain doesn't get the same satisfying message. This may explain why diet foods and drinks have been linked to increased appetite and cravings, as well as an increased risk of diabetes and other metabolic diseases.


When you eat something sweet, your brain releases dopamine, which activates your brain's reward center. The appetite-regulating hormone leptin is also released, which eventually informs your brain that you are "full" once a certain amount of calories have been ingested. Changing Diet to Zero, Could that be the Solution? Coke Zero is a diet soda that contains no sugar or calories just like Diet Coke but tastes more like the regular Coca Cola than Diet Coke does. Here, Coca Cola is seen using another marketing strategy "Zero" to deceive consumers into thinking that it is the best choice if one is diabetic or looking to watch his/her weight or even avoid sugar.


Have you asked yourself why it tastes like the regular Coca Cola since it doesn't contain sugar? Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it contains sugar, but the point I'm trying to make is that it must contain something to make it sweet. What if what it contains is more life-threatening than sugar itself? While Coke Zero does not contain any calories, fat, carbohydrates, cholesterol, or sugars, it also provides no nutritional benefits. The drink does not contain any protein, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, or iron. This is particularly a concern for young people, who may substitute Coke Zero for beverages such as milk, which would provide them with much-needed calcium, vitamin D, and protein. What's the difference between Coke Zero and Diet Coke? They both contain two artificial sweeteners (aspartame and acesulfame K) and virtually identical ingredients, except for citric acid (found only in Diet Coke) and sodium citrate (found only in Coca-Cola Zero Sugar).


In short, they're virtually the same thing, packaged differently in an attempt to get away from the potentially huge legal liabilities of putting the word "diet" on a product that promotes weight gain and obesity. Here are some of the dangers of excessive aspartame consumption; Hinders Weight Loss Aspartame can be found in diet sodas and most other diet products.


However, research indicates that the sweetener increases your hunger and can actually impede your weight loss. Phenylalanine and aspartic acid can cause spikes in insulin levels and force your body to remove the glucose from your bloodstream and store it as fat. Aspartame also inhibits the production of serotonin and prevents your brain from signaling to your body that you are full. This can lead to food cravings and make it more difficult for you to lose weight. Vision Problems Methanol, one of Aspartame's components, can damage the retinas and the optic nerves. Aspartame consumption has been connected to eye pain, blurred vision, and, in some cases, blindness. Diabetes Aspartame consumption is extremely harmful to People with diabetes. It makes it more difficult to control sugar levels and aggravate diabetes-related conditions such as retinopathy, cataracts, neuropathy, and gastroparesis.


The sweetener also has been known to cause convulsions often mistaken for insulin reactions. Dementia and Stroke Drinking diet soda daily may increase your risk of stroke and dementia threefold. Even drinking artificially sweetened beverages one to six times a week was linked to 2.6 times greater risk of stroke. For a bit of background, when aspartame is in liquid form, as it is in diet soda, it breaks down into methyl alcohol, or methanol, which is then converted into formaldehyde and represents the root of the problem with aspartame. Birth Defects Aspartame is an excitotoxin or a substance that has the potential to damage or kill cells in the nervous system.


They are blood-brain barrier is a structure that stops harmful substances from penetrating the brain. The barrier doesn't completely form until a child is one year old, therefore, before a child is born, its nervous system is vulnerable to any dangerous excitotoxins that the mother may consume. Too much exposure to phenylalanine or aspartic acid may cause irreversible brain damage and other serious birth defects. Cancer Studies have found a dangerous connection between aspartame consumption and the development of brain tumors. When aspartame breaks down it produces a substance called DKP. As your stomach digests DKP, it produces a chemical that induces the growth of brain tumors.💀


Conclusion: If you're one of those adults who consume artificial sweeteners, mostly in the form of diet soda, daily (even one-quarter of kids do so as well), it's important you're let in on the truth: If you consume a lot of artificial sweeteners, you're putting your health at risk. Instead, when you're tempted to reach for a diet soda or other artificially sweetened product, fight the urge with natural, good-for-you options.


Always check up the nutritional information of any sugar-free product you're buying out there to ensure it doesn't contain aspartame. Sour taste, such as that from fermented vegetables or water spruced up with lemon or lime juice, helps to reduce cravings for sweets. If that doesn't appeal to you, try a cup of organic black coffee, an opioid receptor that can bind to your opioid receptors, occupy them, and essentially block your addiction to other opioid-releasing foods. All rights reserved

Written by: EKWEGH PRECIOUS. B.Sc( BIOCHEMISTRY)


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