How Bad is Diet Soda for our Bodies?

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[Video] We know regular soda is bad for us because of the sugar, why is diet soda just as harmful for us?  Artificial sweeteners do not curb our appetite for sweet things, people tend to overeat even if they drink diet soda.  “People who consume artificial sweeteners are twice as likely to develop metabolic syndrome, too.” (2)  Numbered resources can be viewed at in the original article.

There’s lots of research linking diet soda drinking to all sorts of health troubles.

Depression – Drinking more than four cans a day of soda is linked to a 30 percent higher risk of depression. On the flip side, drinking four cups of coffee a day seemed to offer protective effects, lowering depression risk 10 percent. The risk appeared to be greater for people who drank diet soda compared to regular soda. (3)

Kidney Damage – Harvard researchers found long-term diet soda drinking causes a 30 percent greater reduction in kidney function. The study looked at people who regularly consumed diet soda over 20 years. (4)

Type 2 Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome – A 2009 study published in the journal Diabetes Care found drinking diet soda daily is linked to a 36 percent higher risk of metabolic syndrome and a 67 percent higher risk of type 2 diabetes compared to non-diet soda drinkers. (5)

Cardiovascular Disease – University of Miami and Columbia University researchers followed more than 2,000 adults for 10 years and found that those drinking diet soda daily were more likely to suffer a stroke or heart attack. They were also more likely to die from cardiovascular disease. This increase risk remained even when researchers adjusted for smoking, exercise, weight, sodium intake, high cholesterol, and other factors that could have contributed to the difference. (7, 8)

Compromised Lungs – Drinking soda, including diet soda, increases your risk of developing asthma and COPD symptoms. The more soda a person drinks, the higher the risk. (That’s called a “dose-response relationship.”)  An Australian study found that 13.3 percent of surveyed participants with asthma and 15.6 percent of those with COPD drank more than two cups of soda each day. (9, 10)

A Less Protected Brain – Aspartame, a common artificial sweetener in diet sodas, seems to chip away at the brain’s antioxidant defense system. The results of an animal study found long-term consumption of aspartame leads to an imbalance in the antioxidant/pro-oxidant status in the brain, mainly through the mechanism involving the glutathione-dependent system. (11)

There are alternative fizzy drinks that are much healthier for us.  Water Kefir Soda being one of them.   Retraining our brain is what it seems to take, and it can be done!

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