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Donald Trump drinks '12 cans of Diet Coke' a day - What could this be doing to his body

His reliance on artificial sweeteners could cause weight gain and obesity

Sarah Jones
Monday 11 December 2017 12:40 GMT
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President Donald Trump insatiably consumes Diet Coke and watches up to eight hours of television every day, insiders reveal.

Now, a leading Harley Street Nutritionist is warning that this type of sedentary lifestyle could be damaging to his health.

In a lengthy article documenting how Donald Trump copes with the daily demands of presidency, the New York Times discovered that he drinks roughly 12 cans of Diet Coke daily, and watches news channels on TV from the moment he wakes up.

After a night of five-to-six hours sleep, it has been reported that the President switches on the television straight away, usually with his phone in hand ready for any tweets that may occur to him.

The insiders also reveal that Trump’s compulsion to watch TV is so strong that when meetings are held in the White House dining room, a 60-inch TV remains on constantly.

What’s more, the he is also said to drink around 12 cans of Diet Coke every day - consuming far more than an adult's daily-recommended dose of caffeine.

However, alongside the pressure of presidency, one nutritionist says that leading such a voracious lifestyle could prove detrimental to Trump’s health.

“The majority of evidence suggests that most sedentary people have a much greater risk of dying early,” leading Harley Street Nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert told The Independent.

“With inactivity believed to play a significant role in the development of insulin resistance, long term sedentary behaviour is likely to increase the risk of conditions such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

“Interestingly one of the markers in studies for sedentary behaviour is often TV watching.”

Similarly, Lambert adds that while diet drinks might be lower in calories, they should not be considered a healthy choice.

“It has long been suggested that artificial sweeteners may have a stimulating effect on appetite and, therefore, may play a role in weight gain and obesity.

“Even though drinking diet drinks is safe in moderation, it doesn’t make them a healthy choice. They certainly offer absolutely nothing in the way of nutrition.”

Instead, she says that water should always be your first choice of fluid.

“Water is essential for many of our bodily processes, so replacing it with diet drinks is a negative thing. If it's the fizziness you crave, try sparkling water.”

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