If we sit on the roof of a bar, we’ll soon start hearing different people asking for “light” or “zero” soft drinks. Probably, many of them think that they are drinking a healthy product and, when they try it, the taste is very similar: “I always ask for Coca Cola Zero because it tastes the same and in principle It’s healthy”, explains Lia in a central cafeteria in Gerona.
But how do you get a “zero” soft drink to retain that distinctive and sweet taste of a traditional drink? Well, the answer lies in the sweetness. In particular, in the case of Coca Cola Zero, aspartame and acesulfame potassium. Those products with undeclared name are responsible for maintaining the sweetness.
Sweeteners Keep Sugar-Free Drinks Sweet
When we drink something sweet, either because of its sugar or because of its sweetness, we secrete insulin. As explained by the Diabetes Teaching Center at the University of California, San Francisco, high insulin levels drive sugar from the bloodstream into muscle, fat and liver cells, where it is stored for future use. So, if we take in too much sugar at once, we will secrete a lot of insulin driven by that sugar.
When that sweet drink contains not sugar, but sweetness, we also secrete insulin, and in a way, we deceive the body. That insulin will take up little of the sugar present in our blood, and cause a drop in glucose.
As a result, hunger increases, because we won’t feel satiated due to the drop in glucose. According to a study published in the journal, the pancreas will be stressed, causing metabolic effects that can turn into weight gain. NatureLed by researchers from the Weizmann Institute in Israel.
This work points to a connection to potential adverse effects of artificial sweeteners such as glucose intolerance and metabolic syndrome. As its main conclusion, it confirms that artificial sweeteners cause changes in the composition and function of the intestinal microbiota, that is, the bacterial population that is present in each one’s gut. This increases the chances of developing metabolic disorders.
A study in the journal ‘Nature’ reports that the consumption of sweeteners changes the intestinal microbiota.
In fact, according to the Department of Endocrinology of the Decius University Hospital in Barcelona, the great contribution to addressing the problem of the obesity and overweight epidemic that these artificial sweeteners seemed to contribute has taken a turn and seems that it is completely harmful effect. ,
In these cases, the key, as almost always, is in moderate consumption: “The fact of drinking something without sugar, light or zero, interferes with our perception of making healthier choices and leads us to consume more of these sugary products.” compels, and the confidence of being able to take in some more caloric product in compensation”, he assures from Dexeus. And they say that moderate use of moderate amounts of artificial sweeteners will be key in curbing the risks associated with these substances.
Another problem that concerns consumer organizations is that “zero” is associated with something healthy, something we can drink without worrying about negative consequences. And that the wording leads users to mistakenly believe that the product contains no sugar.
A ‘zero’ drink may contain sugar
According to the OCU, this association of “zero” without sugar can be dangerous, as it is not always the case. The Consumer Protection Agency says that since the launch of Coca-Cola Zero in 2006, most users understand the term “zero” and use it to refer to the absence of sugar in any type of food and drink. However, there is currently no regulation that requires manufacturers to associate the term with the specific value of sugar.
In short, “zero” does not always mean sugar-free, as it may be present in small amounts. So before buying, better read the ingredients.