Do you often wonder if diet soda is “bad” for you? What happens within the body when you drink it? What health disorders are directly related to drinking diet soda?
Diet sodas are beverages of carbonation which are artificially sweetened. Artificial sweeteners include aspartame, saccharin, sucralose, and cyclamate. Many individuals in the past switched from sugared sodas to diet sodas to enjoy the pleasure of a soda without considering the possible hidden health costs.
Recently, Diet Coke suffers from a decrease in product sales which is related to increased public awareness. As more people are learning of the health risks involved with drinking sodas, fewer purchases are being made by families.
The Hidden Health Costs Revealed
Research studies are revealing the consumption of diet sodas are directly linked to many health issues. Harvard and Stanford lead the way in providing study results along with other research facilities. Let’s look at what happens when individuals drink too much diet soda.
1. Headaches & Migraines
Synthetic sweeteners, such as aspartame, can cause headaches and migraines. Individuals who consume diet sodas with aspartame notice a number of headaches in direct correlation to the amount of diet soda consumed.
2. Allergies & Allergic Reactions
Individuals consuming diet sodas may experience an increase in allergies. They may also be more prone to allergic reactions as compared with non-soda drinkers. Medically, people who drink diet sodas are at an increased risk of developing asthma.
3. Increased Risk of Heart Attack
Individuals who drink at least one diet soda daily are at an increased risk of developing a heart attack. The increased risk is one in five individuals will suffer from, or die, from an attack.
4. Type 2 Diabetes
Nearly 300 million people suffer from type 2 diabetes worldwide. Many studies link soda consumption to this type of diabetes development. Individuals who drink large quantities of soda suffer from lower insulin levels. Insulin is needed by the body to regulate blood sugar levels.
5. Higher Risk of Obesity
Although diet soda is lower in calories, the drink can increase the waistline of an individual by 500%! The artificial sweeteners in diet sodas cause chaos on the body’s ability to regulate calorie intake which is based on the sweetness of foods.
6. Increased Risk of Depression
Individuals who consume at least four servings of diet soda per day are at an increased risk of developing depression by thirty percent (30%). Interestingly, coffee drinkers who drink four cups per day of coffee see a lowered risk of depression by ten percent (10%).
7. Reduced Kidney Function
Research studies at Harvard reveal individuals who drink diet sodas for long periods of time may suffer from a reduction in kidney function by thirty percent (30%). One study followed individuals for over twenty years.
8. Increased Stress & Anxiety
Caffeinated beverages can increase stress and anxiety in individuals. Most diet sodas contain caffeine which stimulates the nervous system. The ingredient is also shown to increase stress hormone activity within the body.
9. Causes Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors which increases the risk for developing heart disease and other health issues. The University of Minnesota found individuals who drank one diet soda daily disrupted the normal metabolic process within the body.
A Healthy Alternative
Creating a healthy homemade drink which is refreshing is an alternative. Here is a recipe to enjoy which replaces unhealthy diet soda drinks.
Place one cup of filtered water in small saucepan. Bring to boil, then stir in flowers, crystals, ginger root, and lemon juice. Continue stirring over low heat until crystals dissolve. Strain the liquid into a glass container. Discard the flowers and the root after straining.
Use three tablespoons of the finished syrup to mix with eight ounces of carbonated water. Enjoy the healthy, refreshing alternative. Store remaining syrup in the refrigerator for future mixes.