FYI Health Tip
Pregnant women who drink artificially sweetened sodas are 38% more likely to give birth prematurely.
The former Spice Girl is expecting her first baby girl with hunky husband David Beckham. Known for her small frame, women everywhere wonder how this celebrity mom stays so tiny. Rumor has it Victoria Beckham loves her Diet Coke. We hope that this self-proclaimed Diet Coke addict, has kicked her obsession now that she’s expecting. Being pregnant in 2011 seems more complicated than ever, with the list of food “no-nos” getting longer. However, as we reported a recent Danish study suggests that you should also add diet soda to your list of unacceptable indulgences.
The researchers surveyed nearly 60,000 women at the midpoint of their pregnancy about their eating habits. They found that the women who drank one artificially sweetened (carbonated and non-carbonated) beverage daily were 38 percent more likely to give birth prematurely than women who didn’t drink these beverages. What’s more astounding is that drinking more than four servings of artificially sweetened beverages led to a 78 percent increased risk of preterm delivery. The researchers didn’t adjust their results to accommodate the fact that more than 12% of pregnancies result in preterm birth and didn’t point fingers at any one sweetener. Either way other studies have shown that all artificially sweetened beverages have been linked to elevated blood pressure, type-2 diabetes risk, and obese weight status, all of which can lead to more unwanted pregnancy complications.
Pregnant or not, women in particular should be wary of downing diet cokes all day. First, there more and more evidence suggesting that diet drinks do not help with weight loss. Plus, there is a growing body of evidence that drinking diet sodas could both regular and diet cola, far from being an innocent indulgence, appear to be more harmful than neutral, particularly for women and girls. A 2006 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women, but not men, who drank cola of any type on a daily basis (diet or regular) had significantly lower bone mineral density (about 4 to 5 percent lower) in their hips compared to women who drank cola less than once per month. The researchers suggested that the observed effect of diet and regular colas on bone mineral density compared to other carbonated beverages was likely due to the content of phosphoric acid in cola and/or possibly some unidentified compounds present in cola extract.
Let’s hope Mommy Spice gave up the Diet Coke.
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