Diet Sodas: How are they affecting your health?

Click to listen to Tiffany and Candace talk about this topic on recent HealingLifeWisdom podcast.

by Candace Liccione & Tiffany Windsor

As we all know, diet soda is bad for our health but that doesn’t stop many people from drinking it and drinking it in large quantities. If you didn’t know that, then you need to read on! Have you ever seen customers coming out of a convenience store with those huge containers of diet soda? We just want to jump out of the car and plead with them to love themselves enough to cut out the diet sodas.

So how many diet sodas have you had today? Some people can stop at just one. Others rarely drink any, preferring water or juice or some other healthy beverage. But some people may opt for diet soda simply because they think it’s a healthier choice. Yes, diet soda has zero calories. Yes, it’s an inexpensive way to get your caffeine fix. But is it worth it? The risks might seem so rare and distant that they basically don’t apply to you anyway. But some of the things that can happen to your body may cause immediate side effects — headaches, cravings, mood swings… not to mention the long-term effects that may occur if you drink diet sodas every day.

Perhaps you think that you are getting less calories and less sugar by choosing a diet soda so you won’t gain weight? But did you know that diet soda actually promotes weight gain and increases belly fat. It is reported that people who drink diet sodas can have a waist circumference at least 3” larger than those who don’t drink sugar free drinks.

If you’re a diet soda addict, here are some other facts that might finally get you to quit:

  • Artificial sweeteners have been known to trigger painful headaches.

  • Diet soda drinkers are likely to be depressed.

  • Diet soda drinkers have lower bone density. Imagine the challenges these kids who consume diet soda’s can have as they age.

  • Diet soda could interfere with your natural gut bacteria. The artificial sweeteners may change your intestinal microbiome and this can increase your glucose intolerance.

  • Diet soda mixed with alcohol gets you drunker than a sugary cocktail would.

  • Drinking diet soda can interfere with your sense of taste.

  • Drinking diet soda puts you at high risk for hypertension.

  • Drinking too much diet soda could be bad for your kidneys.

  • The artificial sweeteners can cause a physical addiction. Your brain experiences effects similar to chemical addiction.

  • Increases risk of diabetes - sugar free drinks influence your body’s response to sugar. The link between people who drink diet soda daily had a 67% greater risk to developing type 2 diabetes.

  • As we mentioned, drinking diet soda probably won’t help you lose weight. Diet sodas increase your appetite and sugar cravings – you may compensate by eating higher calorie meals and those who drink diet soda tend to drink diet soda to compensate for their poor food choices.

  • Over time, diet soda can cause your skin and muscles to wither. Who knew that??

  • One study found that diet soda drinkers’ teeth are just as eroded as those of meth addicts.

Honestly, a glass of water or sparkling water comes without artificial sweeteners, sodium, coloring, and flavoring. It’s a much smarter, more hydrating option.