Can people with diabetes consume Coke Zero

That's why light drinks are not easy at all

It is not clear how light light drinks really are. There are various observational studies that even classify it as a heavy diet. The subjects examined gained weight rather than weight loss after consumption. There was also an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, such as stroke or heart attack. So apparently the products do exactly what they are not supposed to. Why is that?

Do light products increase the desire for sweets?

One problem is taste: sweets activate the reward system in the brain, the organ releases dopamine - also known as the happiness hormone. So if you drink soda a lot and often, you get used to it. The body demands more. On the one hand, this can lead to more frequent reaching for chocolate, cakes, etc. and increasing extra calories due to them - despite light drinks. On the other hand, you may lose your appetite for healthy products that taste less sweet.

Another explanation of the observations is what is known as reverse causality. It is based on the assumption that overweight people in particular choose light drinks. That would distort the results of the study: If you compare the body mass index (BMI) of cola and cola light drinkers, the BMI of the light fraction would then be higher on average. But not because of the products themselves, but because of the different starting conditions.

Studies are thin

It is therefore not certain how robust the studies really are. Often these are studies with a small number of participants or observational studies. With these, people document their way of life including eating and drinking behavior over a longer period of time. In addition, researchers examine their health. From this, they then derive statements such as: "Whoever eats an apple every day does not have to see a doctor." This does not provide a definitive answer as to whether the apple is really the decisive factor or whether other behaviors play a role. It is the same with light drinks and weight loss. Sugar-free lemonade fans may lead an unhealthy lifestyle or exercise less, which can also put a strain on weight and the cardiovascular system.