There’s a lot of reasons why drinking diet soda is a bad idea. Just because it has no calories and caffeine, it does not help you lose weight. In fact, diet soda is linked to weight gain! This is just one reason you should not drink diet soda. Let’s take a look at other, very unhealthy reasons you should quit right now.
New studies show that drinking diet soda can cause depression. In fact, diet soda drinkers were 30% more likely to be depressed than those who do not drink soda.
Diet soda drinkers have significantly lower bone density than those who do not drink soda. Low bone mineral density can lead to osteoporosis as you age.
The artificial sweeteners in diet soda interfere with healthy gut bacteria. Healthy gut bacteria is essential for your energy levels, mental health and your immune system.
Diet soda drinkers are at a 30% increased risk for metabolic syndrome. This is a metabolism disorder that can cause diabetes, weight changes, heart problems and death.
Regular consumption of diet soda is linked to increased blood pressure.
Your kidney function declines when you drink a few diet sodas a day. Kidneys are responsible for cleaning your blood and they remove all the toxins from your body. Keeping your kidneys healthy is key to good health and energy!
Drinking diet soda is addictive! The caffeine and aspartame in diet soda cause your brain to release dopamine and glutamate which cause you to crave more soda.
A study from UMiami has shown that drinking diet soda on a regular basis significantly increases your risk of a heart attack. Interestingly enough, drinking regular sugary soda does not increase your risk.
For people who like to workout and have toned muscles, drinking diet soda is not helping your skin or your muscles. There is phosphoric acid in dark-colored diet sodas and if you drink too much of it, you can disrupt the absorption of the nutrients in your body. The result is wrinkled skin and weaker muscles as they will not get enough nutrients.
Forget about a pearly white smile and healthy teeth! Those who drink diet soda on a regular basis had the same amount of erosion and bad teeth as a meth or crack addict.
Boston University discovered that those who drink diet soda are up to three times more likely to get dementia or Alzheimer’s than those who don’t. Drinking diet soda also increases your risk of stroke.
The artificial sweetener aspartame breaks down into aspartic acid, methanol and phenylalanine. The methanol then changes into formaldehyde and then formic acid. These chemicals are toxic to your body.
As you can see, drinking diet soda is bad for your brain, gut, heart, muscles, mood and your looks! Diet soda has no place in the diet of a person who cares about being healthy. There are many healthy drinks to choose from such as sparkling water with a splash of juice, iced tea, fresh lemonade, maple water and fruit infused water.