Over the last couple of years, diet soda has been under a lot of scrutiny and for a good reason. Namely, it has been tied to higher risk of weight gain, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular illness, and other serious health-related complications.
The behavioral neuroscientist and a professor of psychological sciences, Susan E. Swithers claims that the concern of the public about the consequences from drinking sugar-rich drinks is a rightful one and she believes that there is a need to advocating for limitations of the intake of all sweeteners.
What about the Zero-Calorie Beverages?
These drinks mess with the body’s responses for learning and unfortunately, fewer calories do not necessarily mean less gain of weight. According to Collective Evolution, research indicates that frequent intake of high-intensity sweeteners will confuse the body’s natural capacity to manage calories based on tasting something sweet. Though there is a lot of talk on limiting the availability and consumption of drinks full of sweeteners, such measures seem to exclude the diet ones as they are thought to be healthy.
How Diet Soda Destroys Your Health
Remember: Diet sodas are not a healthy substitute for sugar-rich sodas and sports drinks!
Here is what they can do to your body if you consume them regularly:
Did you know that 4+ cans of diet soda on a daily basis increases your risk of depression for staggering 30 percent? On the other hand, 4 cups of coffee decreases the chance of depression by 10 percent.
- Kidney damage
Long-term consumption of diet sodas elevates the risk of reduction in kidney function by 30 percent.
- Worsen the metabolism & trigger weight gain
When you drink diet sodas on the daily, you have 36 percent higher chance of metabolic syndrome and 67 percent chance of diabetes type 2. This is because artificial sweeteners are known to trigger insulin and turn off the body’s fat-storage mode.
- Heart disease
When you consume soda beverages on the regular, you elevate your chances of strokes and heart attacks, regardless of other factors like weight, smoking, cholesterol, and sodium intake.
- Tooth erosion
Unfortunately, modern-day diets and sugary drinks are as detrimental to the teeth’s enamel as battery acid!
- Cause addiction
Artificial sweeteners can be as addictive as recreational drugs, alcohol, and nicotine.
To learn more about why you need to stop drinking soda beverages, do not miss out the video below: