Low Calorie Drinks and Sugar by Dr. Sara Detox Toronto Naturopath
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How Low Calorie Drinks Impact Your Health?

Companies do a great job marketing low calorie drinks.

Who doesn’t want to consume zero calories of tasty bubbly drinks?

I sure do, but I won’t (at least not anymore) and here’s why.

Even though the marketing is impressive and almost convincing – I won’t touch these beverages.

Low-calorie drinks and beverages don’t help people lose weight. Rather they help people gain weight.

Yes, you heard correctly.

It doesn’t matter if they are labeled as zero calories.

A calorie is not just a calorie.

In fact, there is a huge difference in the way the body metabolizes 100 calories of candy vs. 100 calories of broccoli.

These companies make false claims that their products are healthy and assist with weight loss, but the reality is that their so-called low calorie drinks cause obesity, rather than fight it.

I sure hope you aren’t falling for their pitiful marketing tactics, and if you already have, no worries.

I myself drank soda for years.

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I drank more pop than water.

The good news is … it’s never too late to change and choose healthier options.

And here are some reasons why you might want to re-consider bubbly beverages…

The latest research shows that consuming low calorie drinks can lead to cardiac problems, diabetes, and obesity.

Although the overall number of calories ingested is reduced, the number of calories doesn’t make much of a difference when you look at the ingredients and the effects that these can have on your health.

These beverages are basically drinks filled with chemicals that are poisoning us.

I know, I know, it sounds a bit harsh, but the whole soda pop industry makes me really upset – especially since they are marketing to young kids who are already getting more than enough sugar in their diet.

While many pops contain brominated vegetable oil, others are loaded with caramel colour. There’s enough evidence to show that toxic caramel colouring may contribute to cancer, so why in the world is this ingredient found in commonly consumed drinks?

Sorbitol, aspartame, and sucralose are some other ingredients commonly found in these drinks.

Make sure you’re reading your labels.

Since we know that artificial sweeteners don’t reverse obesity and diabetes, rather they can cause these health conditions, why do we continue to consume these drinks?

For all of you who want to stay young, lean, and healthy, it’s time to put the pop down.

By elevating carbohydrate cravings and insulin production, these sugary beverages are harming your health.

Don’t even get me started on vitamin-infused water.

Seriously? Who came up with this idea?

A high-quality multivitamin will give you a good dose of vitamins without the added chemicals.

These attractive drinks are really no more than colored sugar in a bottle.

I’m sure you can go without them. Artificial colors make products more appealing visually, but don’t promote good health.

Just take your daily vitamins. Don’t try to drink them.

Perhaps this information is new to you – awesome!

So glad you’ve learned something from me. More great content will be posted weekly and I promise, I don’t usually vent in blog posts.

Get set to re-train your taste buds.

I’m not saying this will be an easy task. It took me years to put my diet pop away, which is likely because the additives used are quite addictive.

But I know you can do it. And…I’m here to support you.

Remember, you don’t need diet pop to top off your favourite meal.

Your food will taste just as good (if not better) with a refreshing glass of bubbly lemon water.

Cheers to healthy drinkies!


Dr. Sara Celik
Dr. Sara Celik is a Canadian licensed Naturopathic Doctor with 15+ years of experience serving patients in Ontario. She is a sought-after speaker and passionate leader in the Health & Wellness industry carrying a wealth of experience in the field of women's health and fertility.

Dr. Sara has appeared on multiple radio shows/podcasts, the W Network, Breakfast Television and CP24. For almost 5 years, she worked as the National Spokesperson for a well-known digestive wellness brand, educating across the globe on gut health. Dr. Sara has been named a rising star in Canada receiving the Generation Next award for her outstanding contribution to shaping the future of Canada’s grocery industry. She frequently contributes to large publications and has been published in Best Health Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Sweat Equity, Grocery Business, Inside Fitness, Canadian Living, Elevate, HELLO, and ELLE Canada.

Dr. Sara’s approach to healthcare is not as easy as taking a pill. The “quick-fix” approach is not one she subscribes to. While there’s a pill for just about everything, rarely do prescription drugs stop the course of disease - they merely mask symptoms. Dr. Sara believes true health requires a commitment from both the doctor and the patient.

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