With the new year around the corner, we have a few things to inform you about diet soda. Make it your New Years resolution to drop it from your diet!
Did you know diet soda really isn’t good for you at all. I had heard this information many years ago, but never researched it. With everything that has come out about artificial sweeteners, I thought I should start doing my research. I personally don’t like the taste of diet sodas, but I know many people who enjoy them. Here we have the possible side effects of diet soda and why you should cut it out of your diet completely.
- One possible side effect of diet soda is kidney damage. In a Harvard Medical School study that lasted 11 years, research showed women who drank at least 2 diet sodas a day saw a large increase in kidney damage and decline. It is believed that the artificial sweeteners are the main cause of this happening as they didn’t see a decline in regular soda drinkers.
- This next side effect of diet soda I learned many years ago in culinary school. Believe it or not, diet soda will not help you lose weight. It could actually make you gain it! A University of Texas study showed that, “Artificial sweeteners can disrupt the body’s natural ability to regulate calorie intake based on the sweetness of foods.” This means your body can be tricked into thinking you’re eating sugar which can then cause you to crave more and possibly over eat. Yikes!
- If you like your cocktails with diet soda, you might want to rethink it. Those drinks can lead to a terrible hangover. It has been studied that cocktails with diet soda can make you drunker faster. A study done by Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia says this happens because, “Sugar-free mixers allow liquor to enter your bloodstream much quicker than those with sugar, leaving you with a bigger buzz.”
- This next side effect is a little more intense. Another diet soda side effect is cell damage. Here’s how this can happen. “Diet sodas contain something many regular sodas don’t: mold inhibitors. They go by the names 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,’ Peter Piper, a professor of molecular biology and biotechnology at the University of Sheffield in the U.K., told a British newspaper in 1999. The preservative has also been linked to hives, asthma, and other allergic conditions, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.Since then, some companies have phased out sodium benzoate. Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi have replaced it with another preservative, potassium benzoate. Both sodium and potassium benzoate were classified by the Food Commission in the UK as mild irritants to the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes.” Scary right!?
- Diet soda can rot your teeth. This is because it is very acidic. This can dissolve enamel on your teeth. I’m sure regular soda would do that too.
- There are 3 letters I’m sure many of you have been hearing lately: BPA. Many plastic bottles are now BPA free. This stands for bisphenol A. This is known to cause reproductive issues, obesity and heart disease. You’ll find your soda cans are coated with BPA. This goes for any beverage diet or not.
Those are some pretty scary side effects. Diet soda is probably the worst, but personally I think it’s best to avoid soda all together. If you have to have soda, find something without an artificial sweetener. There are some out there!