I know you’ve heard it before… that there are many dangers of diet soda. However, knowing that the nutrition industry is constantly throwing accusations around to different products available on the market, saying they are or are not good for you, it can be confusing! It seems that one day something is deemed “healthy” and the next day it is going to kill you. I was once a diet soda addict back in my Weight Watchers days, but have since stopped drinking it because of the reasons I am going to share with you today. It is your own personal decision to choose whether or not these risks are worth it to you or not, I am just here to offer my opinion and my thoughts. 🙂
Danger of Diet Soda #1: Kidney Problems
Diet soda might cause kidney problems. Harvard Medical School conducted an 11-year-long study of more than 3,000 women. The researchers in this study found that diet soda is associated with a two-fold increased risk for kidney decline. Kidney function started declining when women drank more than two diet sodas a day. They discovered something even more interesting: since kidney decline was not associated with sugar-sweetened sodas, researchers suspect that the diet soda’s sweeteners were the problem. Eeek!
Danger of Diet Soda #2: Weight Gain
Well, this is totally counter-intuitive, diet soda! While it totally sounds bogus, listen to the findings of this study done by the University of Texas Health Science Center: drinking just two or more cans of diet soda a day increased waistlines by 500%! Artificial sweeteners are tricky; they can disrupt the body’s natural ability to regulate calorie intake based on the sweetness of foods. This means that people who consume diet foods and/or diet sodas might be more likely to overeat, because your body is being tricked into thinking it’s eating sugar, and you crave more. Having already quit diet soda, I can totally tell you that this is true. Diet soda is SO overly SWEET to me, and I think it is disgusting. Once you drop the habit, you’ll realize how sweet it is and how much it makes you crave MORE sweets.
Danger of Diet Soda #3: Messed Up Hormones
Now this danger is more specifically related to the ALUMINUM CANS that diet soda comes in. Nearly all aluminum soda cans are lined with an epoxy resin called bisphenol A (BPA), used to keep the acids in soda from reacting with the metal. BPA is known to interfere with hormones, and has been linked to everything from infertility to obesity and diabetes and some forms of reproductive cancers. This is SCARY. Soda companies are battling to create a 100% plastic BOTTLE which will be deemed BPA-free, but they will not be able to make BPA-free aluminum cans.
Danger of Diet Soda #4: Aspartame
To keep the description simple, because I’m no scientist (LOL), I will just describe aspartame as the substance that is WAY sweeter than sugar by volume and is used in diet STUFF. You’ll likely find this in anything marked as “diet” but is still sweet, such as diet soda. Aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious, including seizures and death (YIKES!). A few of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as part of aspartame dangers are:
Headaches/migraines, Dizziness, Seizures, Nausea, Numbness, Muscle spasms, Weight gain, Rashes, Depression and Fatigue. WHAT!? Those are just a FEW of the potential side-effects. When I started hearing about aspartame being bad, I immediately switched to using 100% natural “Stevia in the Raw” in place of Splenda. Stevia is an extract from the leaves of the stevia plant, and makes an excellent sweetener. Plus, it is completely natural and not made of chemicals.
There are many more dangers that I have heard about, but these are some of the top reasons that I dropped diet soda. If I have any diet soda now, I actually start to feel weird. I can’t explain it, but my insides feel very weird. << I'M probably just WEIRD. 🙂 Anyway, I hope that this article helps you make an informed decision, or at least helps you decide to do more of your own research on the dangers diet soda offers. I care about the health of my family and friends, and if this helps just ONE person I will be thrilled. Happy Wednesday! If this post helped you, please share!