Why Drinking Diet Soda Makes You Crave Sugar

Recommendations on limiting sugar consumption vary around the world, with guidelines ranging from “[l]imit sweet desserts to one every other day” to “[k]eep sugar consumption to 4 or less occasions per day.” In the United States, the American Heart Association is leading the charge, “proposing dramatic reductions in the consumption of soft drinks and other sweetened products” and 

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The Benefits of Cutting Off Sugar

Regardless of how strong your will might be, kicking sugar from your daily eating habits can be challenging.

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Indy Summers is a freelance writer interested in fashion, healthy living, and fitness. She has worked as a master in esthetician, as a personal trainer, and as a freelance model for several years so considers herself an expert in these industries. For more of her work, visit https://nouw.com/indysummers.

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The tops of several soda cans clustered together
01/22/2020
Recommendations on limiting sugar consumption vary around the world, with guidelines ranging from “[l]imit sweet desserts to one every other day” to “[k]eep sugar consumption to 4 or less... read more
TEaspoon spilling sugar on wooden table next to cut strawberries
03/26/2019
Regardless of how strong your will might be, kicking sugar from your daily eating habits can be challenging. What’s more, research has shown that sugar can influence your brain into thinking that... read more
The tops of several soda cans clustered together
01/22/2020
Recommendations on limiting sugar consumption vary around the world, with guidelines ranging from “[l]imit sweet desserts to one every other day” to “[k]eep sugar consumption to 4 or less... read more
TEaspoon spilling sugar on wooden table next to cut strawberries
03/26/2019
Regardless of how strong your will might be, kicking sugar from your daily eating habits can be challenging. What’s more, research has shown that sugar can influence your brain into thinking that... read more