Do you know the biggest source of calories in America? If you said soda, you would be correct.
I’m sure some of you folks are saying, “I drink diet soda so I’m good.” Well actually no… You’re not. Some issues that arise from drinking diet sodas are
Diet soda might be bad for your kidneys. In an 11-year-long Harvard Medical School study of more than 3,000 women, researchers found that diet cola is associated with a increased risk for kidney decline. Studies showed that Kidney function started to decline when women drank more than two sodas a day. Since kidney decline was not associated with sugar-sweetened sodas, researchers suspect that the diet sweeteners are responsible.
According to a 2008 University of Minnesota study, even just one diet soda a day is linked to a 34% higher risk of metabolic syndrome, the group of symptoms including belly fat and high cholesterol that puts you at risk for heart disease.
Diet soda doesn’t help you lose weight after all. A University of Texas Health Science Center study found that the more diet sodas a person drank, the greater their risk of becoming overweight. Downing just two or more cans a day increased waistlines by 500%. Reason why is because artificial sweeteners can disrupt the body’s natural ability to regulate calorie intake based on the sweetness of foods. That means people who consume diet foods might be more likely to overeat, because your body is being tricked into thinking it’s eating sugar, and you crave more.
Diet sodas contain something many regular sodas don’t possess. That would mold inhibitors. Sodium benzoate or potassium benzoate, and they’re in nearly all diet sodas. But many regular sodas, such as Coke and Pepsi, don’t contain this preservative.
That’s bad news for diet drinkers. “These chemicals have the ability to cause severe damage to DNA in the mitochondria to the point that they totally inactivate it – they knock it out altogether,” states Peter Piper, a professor of molecular biology and biotechnology at the University of Sheffield. The preservative has also been linked to hives, asthma, and other allergic conditions, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
Diet soda is very acidic. It has a pH of 3.2. (As a point of reference, the pH of battery acid is 1. Water is 7.) The acid is what readily dissolves enamel, and diet soda is not light in acid. Adults who drink three or more sodas a day have worse dental health, says a University of Michigan analysis of dental checkup data. People who drank soda often had far greater decay, more missing teeth, and more fillings.
Diet or not, soft drink cans are coated with the endocrine disruptor bisphenol A (BPA), which has been linked to everything from heart disease to obesity to reproductive problems. That’s a lot possible issues for one can of soda.