Loaded with sugar and calories, sugary sodas can cause several health issues. People turn to diet soda as it is advertised as a soda with zero sugar and calories. Is diet soda actually a healthier option? The truth is NO. Although it does not contain sugar, other ingredient present in the diet soda are bad news for your health. Here are some of the reasons to quit drinking diet soda right now.
You gain weight
You may think that diet soda will not add to the calorie count but it will not help you to shed weight. According to a study conducted by the University of Texas, the circumference of the waist of those who consumed diet soda frequently over a decade was 70 percent more than those who did not consume diet soda.
Increases the risk of heart attack
Research has showed that drinking diet soda regularly can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. The study included 2000 people for more than 10 years.
Artificial sweeteners like aspartame are more harmful
Diet soda is free of sugar and instead of sugar artificial sweeteners are used to make the beverage sweet. One of the artificial sweetener is aspartame, which is linked to more than 90 side effects including chronic fatigue, headache and depression.
It contains carcinogens
Many diet soda’s contain caramel coloring but the fact is it does not contain caramel. The caramel coloring is created by heating sulfites and ammonia. The compounds formed by the heating of these two chemicals are well-known carcinogens. Tests on mice and rats showed that the chemicals in high doses can cause tumors in thyroid, lungs and liver. These chemicals are dangerous for humans too.
It makes your bones brittle
According to a research by Tufts University, any soda worsens osteoporosis. The study revealed that the bone mineral density among women drinkers was 4 percent less than those who drank healthier beverage.
The healthiest beverage is water- try adding lemon or other fruit and see how much better you will feel!