There are some people that consume as much as three diet sodas daily, usually consumed during or after a meal. These people are oblivious to the dangers that diet soda poses, some people actually believe the hype and think that diet soda will help them shed some weight.
What you may not know is that diet soda consists of highly carcinogenic artificial sweeteners and according to Dr. Susan E. Swithers, of psychological sciences and a behavioral neuroscientist at Purdue, it is advisable to avoid consuming any soda at all, just to be on the safe side and that includes no-calorie sweeteners as well. In the United States alone, it is believed that more than 15% of children and more than 40% of adults consume one form of soda or another and in effect, they also consume artificial sweeteners, such as; saccharin, aspartame, and sucralose.
There is an alarming rise in obesity not just in the U.S, but worldwide. Most governments around the world have not put sufficient pressure on the manufacturers of diet sodas through positive policies to be implemented by their various regulatory agencies, because of the perceived notion that diet sodas are a healthy beverage option.
Artificial sweeteners increase people’s hunger pangs, which will inevitably lead to consuming more artificially sweetened foods that include processed and refined foods which will lead to them eventually being overweight.
Health Problems Of Diet Sodas
Here are some health complications arising from the consumption of diet sodas.
- Metabolic Syndrome And Type II Diabetes
It is believed that diet sodas will increase the risk of people suffering from metabolic syndrome by 36% and it will raise the propensity of people suffering from type II diabetes by as much as 67% as stated in the journal – Diabetes Care published in 2009, this is alarming.
- Depleted Brain Function
Diet soda consists of the artificial sweetener known as aspartame, which is known to leave the brain unprotected from free radicals by damaging its natural antioxidant protective shield system. This leaves the brain at a greater risk of degenerative diseases and mental illness, such as; dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Increased Depression
If you consume four vans of diet soda daily, you are at a 30% risk of experiencing depression. This makes drinking diet soda a major factor in affecting our mental health.
- Respiratory Health Issues
Diet soda will put you at a higher risk of having symptoms of asthma, as well as COPD. In Australia, a study showed that people who had consumed two cans of diet soda daily had a 13.3 and 15.6% higher risk of having asthma and COPD respectively, than people who do not drink soda.
- Heart-Related Disease
Scientists from both the University of Miami and also the Columbia University had proven through their research that drinking diet soda regularly outs a person at a higher risk of having a stroke and a heart attack.
- Kidney Failure
It has been researched by Harvard scientists over a period of 20 years and seen that people who have consistently consumed diet sodas over this period had a higher risk of kidney failure than people who hardly drink diet soda.
Other Ailments That Can Be Directly Linked To The Regular Consumption Of Direct Soda
- Chronic fatigue
- Persistent headache
- Birth defects
- Brain tumors
- Hearing loss
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Weight gain
- Multiple sclerosis
- Memory loss
- Chemical sensitivity
- Parkinson’s disease
With all these health problems caused by diet soda, you should reconsider your intake and start living a healthier lifestyle today.