What about Diet Soda?
Occasionally, you hear that it’s healthier to drink diet soda than to drink regular soda. That’s debatable. There are so many added chemicals in diet soda that you may be doing more harm than good. So let’s take a look at why diet soda may be so bad for you.
According to a decade long study at Harvard Medical School, diet soda causes kidney decline. They studied more than 3000 women and found that women that drank two or more sodas a day had double the risk of kidney decline.
They also studied women who drank sugary sodas and while sugary sodas can cause kidney stones, they don’t have the same detrimental impact on the kidneys themselves.
Scientists suspect it’s the artificial sweeteners that damage the kidney tissue.
Studies go back and forth on whether diet soda helps weight loss or causes weight gain. It has been shown to increase a craving for sweets and sugary snacks like potato chips, cookies, candy and crackers.
These are high in sugar and can cause weight gain. Additionally, diet soda has been linked to metabolic syndrome.
Metabolic syndrome is the name given for a group of risk factors that occur together and increase the risk for coronary artery disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.
Scientists aren’t sure if diet soda alone is to blame for the increased risk or if it’s the lifestyle habits of people who drink diet soda that is to blame. Most people would likely agree that diet soda doesn’t taste good enough to be worth the risk of developing heart disease, having a stroke, or getting type 2 diabetes.
Additionally, according to studies at Purdue University and the University of Texas, the artificial sweeteners found in diet soda disrupt your body’s ability to regulate calorie intake. You eat more when you drink diet soda.
Finally, diet soda has more benzene in it than sugary sodas. We’ve already talked about this carcinogen and the damage it can cause to your cells.
What About Other Carbonated Beverages?
Today you can find carbonated juices and fruit flavored drinks.
You can also find an abundance of carbonated water including some that are flavored. Carbonation alone hasn’t been shown to cause bone density loss.
Unflavored and unsweetened carbonated water appears to be a relatively healthy drink.
Any carbonated water that has added flavors or sweeteners can be classified as a soda or soft drink and those risks and health problems have been discussed.
There are Some Risks to Drinking Sparkling Water
While sparkling water alone seems to be healthy and safe for most, it can cause problems for some.
The biggest problem that some people may experience is digestive upset.
We’re not talking about the gas that can be caused from drinking carbonated beverages.
Some people who are sensitive to foods and digestive upset can experience stomach upset from plain old sparkling water.
The mineral content can also cause stomach upset and bloating if you drink carbonated mineral water.
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