The older generations usually advise us how to live a longer and healthier life. Some say consume an apple a day and others say drink plenty of water. However, the woman who recently celebrated her 104th birthday has revealed her secret for a long life.
According to Teresa Rowley, who celebrated her 104th birthday on 1st January, we should be drinking a can of Diet Coke every day.
Teresa disclosed to local station WZZM:
“When I was 100, I thought I’d never be 104. Then I turn 101, and nothing happens… Here I am 104, and still nothing happens. I drink it because I like it. I’m going shopping Wednesday and I need more Diet Coke. I have a bag full of empty Diet Coke cans that I need to return to buy more Diet Coke.
However, the sugarless drink was brought out in 1982 when the care home resident was 68.
Before going out and purchasing a lifetime stock of Diet Coke, you should know that the doctors actually disagree with Teresa’s praise of the drink. It can lead to weight gain and some other serious problems, according to Health.
They write: “When taken at face value, diet soda seems like a health-conscious choice. It saves you the 140-plus calories you’d find in a sugary soft drink while still satisfying your urge for something sweet with artificial sweeteners like aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose. But there’s more to this chemical cocktail than meets the eye.”
Diet soda is calorie-free, but it won’t necessarily help you lose weight. Researchers from the University of Texas found that over the course of about a decade, diet soda drinkers had a 70% greater increase in waist circumference compared with non-drinkers. And get this: participants who slurped down two or more sodas a day experienced a 500% greater increase.
The way artificial sweeteners confuse the body may play a part, but another reason might be psychological, says Minnesota-based dietitian Cassie Bjork. “When you know you’re not consuming any liquid calories, it might be easier to justify that double cheeseburger or extra slice of pizza.”
Explaining the nutritional value of Diet Coke, they also add:
“Drinking one diet soda a day was associated with a 36% increased risk of metabolic syndrome and diabetes in a University of Minnesota study. Metabolic syndrome describes a cluster of conditions (including high blood pressure, elevated glucose levels, raised cholesterol, and large waist circumference) that put people at high risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.”
When you drink diet soda, you’re not taking in any calories—but you’re also not swallowing anything that does your body any good, either. The best no-calorie beverage? Plain old water, says Bjork. “Water is essential for many of our bodily processes, so replacing it with diet soda is a negative thing,” she says. If it’s the fizziness you crave, try sparkling water.”