You’ve probably seen this scenario more times than you can count. A person eating a big meal but right next to them is a diet soda. They equate diet soda as being a healthier option compared to a regular soda.
While it is true that diet soda usually contains no sugar, thus making it lower in calories, at the same time it is loaded with artificial sweeteners that are just as bad if not worse for you. Just think aspartame, saccharine and sucralose and you will know just what is floating in that can of diet soda.
Here are some of the side effects diet soda drinkers are at a high risk for:
1) Causes Depression
Research has shown a correlation between depression and diet soda consumption. People who consume diet soda on a regular basis were found to be 30% more likely to experience depressive symptoms.
2) Increases Risk of Type II Diabetes
A study conducted by the University of Minnesota found that individuals who drank one diet soda a day had a 36% increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome (a group of conditions that include high blood pressure, increased cholesterol and glucose levels, and a larger waist size) and diabetes.
3) Obesity and Weight Gain
Diet soda has less calories and sugar so you would think it would help keep weight gain away, right? Wrong! Studies have found a link between weight gain and drinking diet soda. Researchers have also concluded that the artificial sweeteners in diets soda may contribute to the development of Type II diabetes.
Despite containing fewer calories, diet soda is not a healthier alternative. To stay as fit and healthy as possible, avoid drinking soda completely. There is no place for it in a healthy lifestyle.