dietsodasI find it amazing most people think diet soda is healthy because it has less to no calories.  Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised.  Billion dollar companies like Coca-Cola and Pepsi aren’t really interested in health and wellness, right?  Of course a 12 can of “Coke” with nearly 40g of HFCS (high fructose corn syrup), is chemically toxic, containing a dramatic “punch” of processed sugar that is nearly instantly converted into belly fat, increases insulin resistance (over time), and increase cancer risks due to an increase sugar intake that feeds out of control cancer cells.

However a recent study shows that diet soda consumption is linked with an increase in heart disease and increased mortality rates.

Reference: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101536768

This study shows: “Researchers found women who drank two or more diet drinks a day were 30 percent more likely to have a heart attack or other cardiovascular “event,” and 50 percent more likely to die, than women who rarely touch such drinks.”.  The research also notes: “The women who drank the most drinks were also more likely to smoke, to be overweight, to have diabetes and to have high blood pressure, Vyas noted.”.

Either way, its pretty clear that diet soda’s content of ingredients is not a mix for health success.  Aspartame, a sweetner, is linked to increased cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Phosphoric acid, added to provide a “kick”, reduces calcium absorption. Caffeine (also found in many things), isn’t really a big problem, but long term can lead to issues related to sleep problems, or addictions.  If Aspartame isn’t used, Acesulfame potassium is, and its linked to brain tumor growth and risks of hypoglycemia.

Diet soda’s might be a very dangerous and hidden element in our daily habits.  I’m sure those who have their daily “diet Coke” would admit, its not “good for them”, however it may be time to reevaluate weather drinking diet soda’s is harmful!  We widely accept cigarette smoke and drugs this way, while I don’t think diet soda is on the same scale, I think historically we think of them as harmless, and that’s clearly not the case.

Other links: http://grist.org/scary-food/2011-02-16-aspartame-soda-caramel-bpa-diet-soda-kill-you/  and http://www.livestrong.com/article/521667-harmful-effects-of-soda-acidity/