This Is What Happens To Your Lungs, Brain, Kidneys and Teeth When You Drink Diet Soda
Numerous people believe that consuming diet soda is much safer option that other soda drinks and will help them to lose weight.
However, this is not true. According to a Purdue researcher, public health officials should tell people to avoid diet soda much like they do with regular, sugar-sweetened soda.
Susan E. Swithers, a professor of psychological sciences and a behavioral neuroscientist at Purdue says warnings may need to be expanded to include limiting intake of all sweeteners, including no-calorie sweeteners.
In addition, she reviewed numerous studies to find out whether diet soda is bad for people’s health. Her findings were that almost 30% of adults and 15% of children in America consume artificial sweeteners such as sucralose, aspartame, and saccharin.
However, artificial sweeteners seem to confuse the body’s natural ability to manage calories based on tasting something sweet. People usually overeat and then drink diet soda. The research points out that people who consume artificial sweeteners are twice as likely to develop metabolic syndrome.
Beyond that, there’s lots of research linking diet soda drinking to all sorts of health issues including:
Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
A 2009 study published in the journal Diabetes Care discovered drinking diet soda daily is associated with a 36% higher risk of metabolic syndrome and a 67% higher risk of type 2 diabetes compared to non-diet soda drinkers.
The artificial sweeteners can interfere with the gut-brain connection. This can further cause metabolic derangements. The scientists from the Weizmann University in Israel have found that diet soda changes the gut microbes thus increasing the risk of metabolic diseases.
They fed mice with zero-calorie sweeteners found in these drinks, such as saccharin, aspartame, and sucralose, and they developed glucose intolerance.
Drinking diet soda raises your risk of developing asthma and COPD symptoms. The more soda a person drinks, the higher the risk. According to an Australian study, 13.3% of examined participants with asthma and 15.6% of those with COPD drank more than two cups of soda each day.
A less protected brain
Aspartame is the most common artificial sweetener in diet sodas that weakens the antioxidant system of the brain. A long-term consumption of this artificial sweetener leads to an imbalance of the antioxidant status in the brain through the glutathione-dependent system.
Experts from Harvard examined people who consumed soda drinks for more than 20 years and showed that the long-term diet soda drinking leads to a 30% greater reduction in kidney function.
Drinking more than 4 cans a day of soda is linked to a 30% higher risk of depression. On the other side, drinking 4 cups of coffee a day seemed to offer protective effects, reducing the risk of depression by 10%. The risk seemed to be higher for people who drank diet soda compared to regular soda.
The researcher from the Universities of Columbia and Miami followed more than 2 000 people for 10 years and discovered that those who were drinking diet soda were prone to heart attack and stroke than those who do not. They were also at risk to die from cardiovascular disease.
This risk was the same even when the participants adjusted to sodium intake, weight, smoking, high cholesterol and many other factors.
Studies have also found that consuming diet soda is related to:
- Brain tumors
- Migraines & headaches
- Chemical sensitivities
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Weight gain
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Hearing loss
- ADHD and ADD
- Parkinson’s disease
- Short term memory loss
- Multiple sclerosis
- Birth defects
Due to all this, you should be cautious with the consumption of diet sodas, as they are far from a healthier alternative to regular sugar-sweetened soda. They actually lead to weight gain and cause numerous health problems, including heart diseases, metabolic damage, and obesity.