Research has found that diet soda leads to numerous health issues, including:
- Type 2 Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
The journal Diabetes Care published a 2009 study which showed that the consumption of diet soda is related to a 36 percent higher risk of metabolic syndrome and a 67 percent raised risk of type 2 diabetes.
Artificial sweeteners interfere with the gut-brain connection, leading to metabolic derangements. A team of experts at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel found that these drinks change the gut microbes by raising the risk of metabolic diseases.
They fed mice with zero-calorie sweeteners found in these drinks, such as saccharin, aspartame, and sucralose, and they developed glucose intolerance.
The intake of more than 4 cans of soda a day is related to a 30 percent higher risk of depression, while the consumption of 4 cups of coffee provides protective effects and reduces the risk of depression by 10 percent.
- Compromised Lungs
These drinks raise the risk of developing asthma and COPD symptoms. According to one Australian study, 13.3 percent of surveyed participants with asthma and 15.6 percent of those with COPD consumed more than 2 cups of soda daily.
- Kidney Damage
Experts at Harvard examined people who consumed soda drinks for more than 20 years and showed that the long-term diet soda drinking leads to a 30 percent greater reduction in kidney function.
- Cardiovascular Disease
A study conducted at the University of Miami and Columbia University involved over 2,000 adults for 10 years and found that those who consumed these drinks had a higher risk of heart attacks and stroke, and had more chances to die due to heart diseases.
- A Less Protected Brain
Aspartame, which is a common artificial sweetener in these drinks, has been found to damage the brain’s antioxidant defense system, so its long-term intake causes an imbalance in the antioxidant/pro-oxidant status in the brain, mostly via t the mechanism containing the glutathione-dependent system.
Studies have also found that this sweetener is related to:
- Brain tumors
- Migraines & headaches
- Chemical sensitivities
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Weight gain
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Hearing loss
- Short term memory loss
- Multiple sclerosis
- Birth defects
Due to all this, you should be careful with the consumption of diet sodas, as they are far from a healthier alternative to regular sugar-sweetened soda. They actually lead to weight loss and cause various health issues, including heart diseases, metabolic damage, and obesity.
In case you enjoy fizzy drinks, we suggest a much healthier option: kombucha!