Your Diet Soda Addiction May Have This Negative Effect on Your Health
Sometimes it feels like staying healthy is a full-time job. Whether you’re reading labels to steer clear of the scary ingredients hiding in your food, dry brushing to detox or finding new summer activities to get your heart rate up, there’s always something new to avoid, try or amplify to live your best life. But wait, there’s more. While we already know that using artificial sweeteners in your drinks while pregnant can cause your baby to have an above-average body mass index (BMI), a new study says that drinking diet soft drinks can actually cause you to eat more — basically sabotaging any cals you thought you might be cutting by not sipping on that real sugar.
The study, published in the journal Cell Metabolism and conducted by researchers at the University of Sydney and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, found that both fruit flies and mice ate A LOT more after prolonged exposure to the artificial sweetener sucralose. In fact, the animals consumed up to a whopping 30 percent more calories than when they were given only naturally sweetened food.
This is the first study to ever draw a connection between artificial sweetener and a stimulated appetite. Which is really important, since artificial sweeteners are often prescribed to combat obesity, even though this study shows they may make it even harder to lose weight. The researchers also discovered an entire neurological network that tells an animal it doesn’t have enough energy in response to consuming fake sugar. Yikes!
Lead researcher Greg Neely says, “We found that inside the brain’s reward centers, sweet sensation is integrated with energy content. When sweetness versus energy is out of balance for a period of time, the brain recalibrates and increases total calories consumed.” The fake sugar also heightens the sweetness of natural sugar found in fruits and veggies, so that even when the animals were getting enough calories, the presence of sucralose told them they hadn’t consumed enough energy (calories).
The team also found that chronic artificial sugar consumption led to insomnia, hyperactivity and decreased sleep quality — three symptoms of mild starvation! Of course, for so many of us, a Diet Coke or a handful of sugar-free candy is a (seemingly) guiltless mid-afternoon treat, but those sucralose-infused eats could just be making you pile up on the pasta later in the night.
Will you switch to sugar after reading this study? Tweet us @BritandCo and let us know!
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)