Top 10 Reasons You Must Avoid Diet Sodas

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6. Depression

The American Academy of Neurology recently presented a study done over the course of 10 years that showed that people, who drank more than 4 cups of any kind of soda, regular or diet, were 30 per cent more likely to have depression.

Although this was true of regular and diet sodas, the researchers noted that the risk appeared to be greater for those who mostly drank diet sodas or “fruit” punches.

 

7. Obesity

Although no calorie drinks are supposed to avoid weight gain, just the opposite appears to be true. Diet sodas have a strong association to obesity.

People who drank diet sodas have a more than 70 per cent chance of gaining weight, mainly around the waist, and those who drink it heavily, up to a 500 per cent chance.

 

8. Bad for your Bones

Women over 60, or those that are post-menopausal, are at a greater risk than men for osteoporosis. Researchers at Tufts University discovered that drinking sodas, including diet, makes the problem that much worse.

Females who drank colas had a 4 per cent lower bone density in the hips than non-soda drinkers.

 

9. Kidney Troubles

All sodas, including diet, contain phosphoric acid, in very high quantities.  This amount of acid can lead to the formation of kidney stones or other types of damage to your kidney function. Damaged kidneys can mean dialysis or possibly even a transplant.

 

10. Carcinogens

Almost everything found in a diet soda is a known carcinogen. From the aspartame, to the artificial caramel coloring, from formaldehyde, to potassium benzoate. Studies have shown that everything listed has been linked to some type of cancer. Read more about other cancer causing foods.

Although withdrawal, especially from the caffeine, might be a bit uncomfortable, you can wean yourself off diet sodas without too much pain over the course of 2 weeks or so. Then, you can take comfort in knowing that you are made a healthy choice for your body’s sake.

Sources:

Abcnews.go.com

Health.com

Psychologytoday.com

Foxnews.com

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