Soda Loses It’s Fizz

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To me, drinking diet soda is like drinking poison. I mean, you wouldn’t guzzle down a bottle of Windex, so why would you drink something that isn’t really any better for you than that? Many studies have exposed the perils of diet soda consumption, proving that the calorie free, sugar free drink can be hazardous to your health. More and more Americans are coming to their senses about the risks, resulting in a whopping 30% decrease in total soda sales, with diet drinks leading the biggest decline.

Before you pop that top, read on to see why diet soda is hazardous to your health.

 

A long term study from Harvard University showed that drinking more than two diet sodas per day increased the risk for kidney disease two-fold.

An early study from the University of Minnesota found that drinking just one diet soda per day could be attributed to a drop of 34% in metabolic activity. This equates to higher cholesterol and increased belly fat, which can be a risk factor for heart disease.

Obesity rates among diet soda drinkers are high, as the artificial sweeteners increase cravings for sweets, causing the test subjects in the Texas Health Science Center study to over-indulge regularly.

Using diet soda as a mixer for alchohalic beverages isn’t such a great idea either. While they are lower in calories than other options, the lack of sugar in the drink allows the liquor to enter your bloodstream more quickly, getting you drunk faster, and ultimately hung over later.

Can With Pull-Tab, High Angle View

Can With Pull-Tab, High Angle View

Diet sodas contain preservatives called mold inhibitors, such as sodium benzoate or potassium benzoate, which can lead to severe damage to DNA at the cellular level. They are also linked to hives, asthma and are listed in the UK as known  irritants to eyes, skin and mucus membranes.

Because of the low pH of diet soda, the acid content is extremely high. This equates to all kinds of dental issues, including decay, and tooth loss.

High levels of phosphates in the beverage can interfere with calcium levels and increase your chances of fracturing a bone during a fall by three to four times.

If all of that isn’t enough to make you step away from the Diet Coke, how about  reports that Asparatame may in fact be carcinogenic? And while that has been widely disputed over the years, the chemical ( chemical!!!) has been linked to, but not proven to cause a vast range of other health issues, including dizziness, Alzhiemer’s, birth defects, seizures, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.

Kind of takes the fizz out of things, doesn’t it?

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