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Cheryl Komline, RD, MS

Cheryl Komline, RD, MS
is the Public Health Nutritionist for the Bernards Township Health Department.
She  has more than 25 years experience in clinical dietetics
and nutrition education in hospital, community and college settings.


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Rebecca Zeltmann will complete her dietetic internship at the College of Saint Elizabeth in June 2010 and will sit for the Registered Dietitian exam later this summer. She has a prior degree from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration where she trained in foodservice and food preparation. She is passionate about teaching nutrition through cooking and believes that healthy food can be not only easy to prepare, but also delicious.

Diet Soda

Posted by Kathy Roberts, Mar 08, 2009.
Diet Soda
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Posted by Kathy Roberts, Mar 08, 2009
I have been drinking quite a bit of diet soda lately as someone told me that if you fill up on diet soda it will curb your appetite and help you lose weight. I am drinking about 4-5 cans a day. Is this a problem?
RE: Diet Soda
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Posted by Laurie Wasserman, Mar 08, 2009
Dear Kathy,
Thank you for a great question!  You have brought up a very important topic.  To drink or not to drink diet soda has long been a subject of debate, but thanks to an eight year study published by the University of Texas, we finally have some pretty convincing evidence that diet soda consumption is strongly linked to weight gain, and subsequently, risk of developing metabolic syndrome. In fact, these researchers concluded that "there was a 41 percent increase in risk of being overweight for every can or bottle of diet soft drink a person consumes each day". Now that's not to say, however, that the diet is soda is necessarily responsible for the weight gain, at least not solely.  Other theories suggest that the link could be due to consumers making up the calories they are saving (by not drinking regular soda) during the rest of their meals, either because they mistakenly think they are doing enough just by switching to diet soda or because the body is smarter than we think and cannot be fooled by the false notion that it is getting sweet calories and it will retaliate by searching for extra calories from other sources.  
All that being said, diet soda is probably not the devil, and most things when taken in moderation can have a place in your diet.  So if you are a true lover of diet soda, having a can once in a while isn't likely to sabotage your diet.  In the meantime, there is a liquid that you should fill up on to curb your appetite and help you lose weight, and it's... yes, you guessed it... WATER.  Try it sparkling if you like with a squeeze of citrus or cucumber.  Give your taste buds time to adjust and you just might find that your love affair with the fake sugary stuff is over!

 

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