Diet Soda is basically a combination of carbonated water, whether naturally made, or man-made sweeteners, flavors, and some other food additives.
It is normal for every mother to want the best for their children, expectant mothers are not exempted, as they also want the best for their unborn.
New evidence from researchers however, suggests that diet soda, and other artificially sweetened beverages, may not be good things. According to a research, it doubles the risk of children being overweight at 1 year old. A study released in JAMA Pediatrics says,
“To our knowledge, our results provide the first human evidence, that artificial sweetener consumption during pregnancy, may increase the risk of early childhood overweight”.
However, with obesity plaguing around children across the globe, further research is warranted to discover exactly what is propelling the growing waistlines.
In the U.S alone, a third of adults, and children are now obese, according to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Research has shown that consumption of diet soda was associated with significantly greater risks of metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes. But Beverage Manufacturers’ say that, diet soda can be an effective tool for weight loss.
Research has been performed on animals, on how artificial sweeteners can affect a developing fetus. This new research offers some insight on how exactly a mothers beverage choice can affect her child, and they are stated below.
Beverages And Baby Body Mass Index.
Data was collected from 2413 pregnant women. Over 30 percent of these women were reported to be drinking artificially sweetened beverages, and about 5 percent were reported to be consuming them daily.
It was reported that the children born to the mothers, who drank artificially sweetened beverages, had a doubled risk of being overweight at 1 year old. These effects were not explained by the mother’s BMI.
Chronic artificial sweetener consumption can disrupt how the body processes glucose, or how gut bacteria help with metabolism.
It was also noted that consumption of artificially sweetened beverages is also related to a shorter period of breastfeeding, and the introduction of solid foods, which are the two major factors for childhood obesity.
However, in an accompanying editorial, it was noted that the new findings still warrant more researches.
The approved six artificial sweeteners for use in foods and beverages include:
- Acesulfame potassium
In the research of artificial sweeteners on expectant mothers, one study suggested the more artificially sweetened beverages, an expectant mother consumed, the more likely she was to deliver her child preterm.
Another study also suggests that, increased consumption of artificially sweetened diet soda by expectant mothers, may contribute to the development of allergies and asthma in children.
Gillman and Pereira said that because pregnant women need to drink up to quench thirst more than the normally recommended amount, may tempt them to quench their thirsts with artificially sweetened beverages.
This is still a new topic, and as such, more research is still needed.