Diet soda is not good for you. Hopefully by now, this isn’t a big surprise; the popularity of diet soda has gone down by a fairly large amount over the last ten years, as people have learned more about the adverse health effects that accompany their sometimes-daily can of diet pop. However, many people still believe that drinking diet soda is a healthier alternative to their regular-flavored counterparts. This couldn’t be any further from the truth. In fact, not only is diet soda not a healthier choice, it even comes with its own separate array of negative health effects. Keep this in mind next time you reach for the can:
1. Diet Soda Is Linked To Weight Gain
Diet sodas are loaded with all kinds of sugars and sweeteners that are processed and unnatural, one of the most popular being aspartame, which can be toxic to the body. This causes diet soda consumption to be linked almost directly to metabolic dysfunctions, weight gain and obesity.
2. Diet Soda Can Help Cause Multiple Diseases
Put very plainly, a steady stream of diet soda can contribute to, and increase your chances of getting, several adverse conditions and diseases. Some of these includes diabetes, stroke, dementia, infertility, depression and heart conditions. By decreasing the amount of soda you drink, both regular and diet, you’re also decreasing your chances of getting a large number of diseases.
3. Diet Soda Has No Nutritional Value
While it’s true you may not be taking in many calories; you’re also not taking in anything that’s good for your body. “Low Calories” or “Zero Calories” doesn’t automatically mean healthy, as these products will usually include many other unnatural ingredients. If you’re looking for a good zero-calorie drink, just stick with water (or sparkling water, if you’re looking for some extra fizziness).
Don’t be fooled by food or drink companies that try to pawn off their products as “diet” or “fat-free,” without first doing some of your own research. It’s easy to trick yourself into thinking you’re going with a healthier option by drinking something called ‘diet soda.’ In reality, you’re just substituting one bad drink for another.