Diet Soda Linked to Preterm Birth
on Nov 04, 2014
by Lindsey Zaldivar
There have been some concerns raised in recent months about just how safe diet soda is for pregnant women.
Many women drink diet soda on a daily basis. Whether it be to help them lose weight, or just for a personal taste preference. However, there have been some concerns raised in recent months about just how safe diet soda is for pregnant women. A recent Danish study asked more than 60,000 pregnant women about their diets, including their soda habits. Each of the women were somewhere around their 25th week of pregnancy. The results were very surprising. The study found that women who had at least one serving of artificially sweetened soda a day while they were pregnant were 38 percent more likely to deliver preterm than women who drank no diet soda at all. Women who had at least four diet sodas a day were nearly 80 percent more likely to deliver preterm. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
When it comes to this study and the idea that diet soda can lead to preterm labor, there are lots of subsequent studies to follow, of course. More research will need to be done, and there will have to be a real link scientifically proven before we know more. This particular study did not look at different types of artificial sweeteners, just the sweeteners in general, so more work will need to be done. However, the study did not include any kind of sugar-sweetened soda at all, so that goes to show that it is the artificial sweetener itself, not the actual soda. However, many more things need to be done and worked on here to determine where the real issue lies.
Some experts believe that this study might also give women a false impression that soda is the cause for preterm labor and other things. Some experts are even causing the study misleading. “This study may unduly alarm pregnant women. While this study is counter to the weight of the scientific evidence demonstrating that low-calorie sweeteners are safe for use in pregnancy, research has shown that overweight and obesity can negatively affect pregnancy outcomes,” Beth Hubrich, a dietician, says. “Further, low-calorie sweeteners can help pregnant women enjoy the taste of sweets without excess calories, leaving room for nutritious foods and beverages without excess weight gain – something that has been shown to be harmful to both the mother and developing baby.” If you have questions or concerns about regular soda or diet soda and how it can affect your pregnancy, make sure to talk to him or her and get the answers to your questions.
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Lindsey lives in Roselle, Illinois with her husband and son Harry. In between keeping up with a busy toddler, she enjoys blogging about parenting, cooking, crafting at The Accidental Wallflower.