8 Eye Opening Reasons to Not Drink Diet Soda

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How about when we hear someone order a meal of food that is loaded with calories, fat, and sugar and right at the end they opt for the diet pop. I always get a kick out of that one. If only they realized they were probably doing more harm with the diet pop than if they stuck with just regular. Obviously the best is to avoid those types of drinks all together! Here are a number of reasons why diet pop/soda is not something you want to be consuming.

1. Neurotoxic

While artificial sweeteners may be a zero calorie alternative to sugar, they are in no way healthier. Diet sodas may use a variety of artificial sweeteners in place of sugar, including aspartame, which acts as a neurotoxin.

Also known as NutraSweet, aspartame originally received FDA approval for use in carbonated beverages in1983, and it still remains the most commonly used sweetener in diet soda. Annually, reactions to aspartame result for a majority of the adverse reaction reports made to the food and drug administration.

Made from L-aspartyl-L-phenylalanyl-methyl-ester, aspartame is 200 times as sweet as sugar and contains negligible calories. Once in the human body, aspartame breaks down into phenylalanine, aspartic acid, and methanol. Methanol is a wood alcohol poison that, when heated above 86 degrees Fahrenheit (the human body temperature is 98.6 degrees), converts to formaldehyde. Aspartame is also an excitotoxin that builds up in the brain, and can excite brain neurons to the point of cell death.

2: Causes Headaches and Other Symptoms

Another artificial sweetener commonly used in diet sodas, Sucralose, may cause a host of health problems including headaches.

Made from a modified sugar molecule, Sucralose is supposed to pass through the body unabsorbed. Because Sucralose is relatively new in the market still, its long-term effects have not been measured. Some evidence1 suggests Sucralose may cause migraines, gastrointestinal issues, and thymus gland damage. Sucralose may also intensify sugar cravings, increase appetite, and trigger insulin release.

3: Acidifying

Soda is made up of a number of acidic chemicals. It is one of the most acidic substances humans ingest. The acids in diet soda demineralize the bones and teeth, and can lead to fractures and osteoporosis. Acid in the body also can lead to a number of health conditions such as inflammation and corrosion of body tissue. When your body is overly acidic your skin will not be as beautiful or youthful. It will contribute to looking older.

4: Caffeinated

Many diet sodas contain caffeine, which is an artificial stimulant and an addictive substance. Caffeine also excessively taxes the liver and can hamper its ability to cleanse and filter toxins from the body. Additionally, caffeine can trigger stress hormones, which can result in chronic stress and weight gain. Caffeine is also a diuretic, which dehydrates the body. It’s best to avoid caffeine in all its forms, particularly diet soda.

 5: Increases Risk of Obesity

Studies show that although diet soda has no caloric value, it may have an impact on insulin similar to sugar ingestion. This is most likely due to the cephalic phase insulin response in the brain. When you taste the sweet in diet soda, your body perceives it as sugar and causes the pancreas to release insulin just as it would if you were consuming actual sugar.

Some studies show that drinking diet soda may increase the incidence of obesity and/or prevent you from losing weight. In fact, researchers at the University of Texas Health Center made some startling findings when testing the link between obesity and diet soda.

Obesity risk increased as followed:

26.5 percent for people drinking up to ½ can of diet soda per day, and 24 percent for regular soda drinkers consuming up to one can per day
54.5 percent for one to two cans of diet soda per day as opposed to 32.8 percent for those drinking the same amount of regular soda
57.1 percent for people drinking more than two cans of diet soda per day as opposed to 47.2 percent for people drinking the same amount of regular soda

In other words, diet soda consumption had a higher correlation with obesity rates than consumption of caloric soda containing sugar or high-fructose corn syrup.

6: Increases Toxic Load

There’s not a lot that’s natural in diet soda. Here are just a few of the ingredients you may find:

Carbonated water
Artificial coloring
Phosphoric acid
Potassium benzoate
Citric acid

Doesn’t sound so delicious and healthy, does it! It sounds nasty, and that is because it is indeed a nasty product. Diet soda places a significant toxic load on your liver and can contribute to toxic sludge in your intestines. You are much better off drinking pure, filtered, non-tap water.

7: Increases Risk of Heart Disease

A study at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine4 showed that people who drank diet soda daily had a 61 percent increased risk of a cardiovascular event. The study followed more than 2,500 participants for about nine years, during which 559 vascular events occurred. Even accounting for age and other risk factors, the risk with diet soda consumption appeared to be at least 48 percent higher. With that kind of risk, why take a chance on diet soda?

8: May Contribute to Metabolic Syndrome

A study at University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health in 2008 linked diet soda to metabolic syndrome, a cluster of metabolic disorders including obesity, high blood pressure, elevated triglycerides and hormone resistance. According to the study, consuming diet soda increased the risk of developing metabolic syndrome by 34 percent, which was higher than the elevated risk from consuming two other unhealthy types of foods – meat (26 percent increased risk), and fried foods (25 percent increased risk).

So there you have it, another item we consume that if we chose to remove from our diet we would see drastic changes in our overall health. Just the Aspartame reason alone should be enough to remove anything where Aspartame is used from our diet.

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  1. Jeff ramos


  2. Ernestine

    I can believe that the body can be fooled initially by a fake taste of sugar but that it follows through and acts exactly like sugar does in the body through to the end of the process does not pass the common sense test.

  3. roland

    Commen sense isn’t all that common and besides your body isn’t thinking its reacting

  4. j

    You know what I find odd about this is that they offer no scientific source for their info/conclusions. At the bottom of the article their is a link to a “source”, so I followed it. Turns out that their source for the article is the article? I’m not saying the info isn’t correct, but I’d like to see some evidence or a couple of studies that verify what they claim. Do you have a source other than yourself for what you present? What does the FDA who approved this say? Has there been any University studies on this? Evidence PLEASE.

    • Chilon

      http://Www.rawforbeauty.com is a wealth of information on all things artificial. Or google the negative affects of “all things artificial”. Information is at your fingertips if anyone so chooses to look

    • Collette

      There are plenty of research results out there. And YES several hospital UNIVERSITIES have studied this (including the Mayo clinic)! The FDA? PLEASSSSSEEEE….the FDA has passed several chemicals/drugs/food colorings plus they have said GMO produce such as corn is NOT harmful! It has already been proven that artificial coloring and flavoring cause numerous health problems and birth defects but yet the FDA still claims they are NOT harmful. AND The Effects of GMO produce is still coming to light! SOOO I do NOT trust the FDA any longer!
      Just do your research there are plenty of articles out there by respected Physicians and scientists! Younger doctors are now telling even diabetics to NOT use artificial sweeteners! If you want a soda then drink REGULAR! The actual Serving size of a soda is really 8oz NOT 12 or 16 by the way

    • You are so right, j. You know what a stunt like this is called? Plaigarism. And with an ending like .tv, you know that the source itself isn’t considered credible by any school standards.

      • D

        You can very easily google the University studies that were done to get your information. This info is in no way “new” or “radical” – but common knowledge to those who do the (very simple) research. I’m sorry but even research the ingredients alone to see what a toxic cocktail these drinks are… As for the FDA approval, they are not perfect and have approved many substances in the past that have proven to be highly toxic or damaging. When it comes to chemicals we ingest, ignorance is not bliss – it can be very damaging to your health.

        • MJR

          A Google search IS simple and easy and studies CAN be found. I think the point being made here, though, is first of all, its basically just a copy of the source that was cited, and second, if finding the info is so easy, why was the author so lazy that he can’t do that same simple search for the benefit of his readers? Also, the cited source has no cited source of its own. The author is expecting us to just accept everything he says as fact, and I’m not arguing that its false, also, not arguing that its true. My only point is the theme on the website seems to be “Question everything. Except what we tell you. Don’t question that, its automatically true because I say so.”

  5. #9 They taste horrible.

  6. Bob Dole

    So much misinformation and myth in this, for the benefit of your readers, you should remove this. A couple points:

    1. Aspartame does break down into methanol, but its not the formaldehyde which makes methanol dangerous, but the accumulation formic acid. However formic acid is excreted by the body many times faster than it can be formed from any reasonable amount of aspartame. Many fruits and fruit juices also contain far higher amounts of methanol than a can of soda. You’d have to drink thousands of cans of diet soda a day to experience any adverse effects relating to methanol toxicity.
    2. The studies that associate artificial sweeteners with obesity and diabetes are greatly misinterpreted. If you are obese, especially if you have diabetes, then of course you are drinking diet soda as you are physically unable to drink high amounts of sugar. While if you are not overweight, then you are far less inclined to choose diet. Fat people also are more likely to get their stomachs stapled, this doesn’t mean getting your stomach stapled causes people to become fat, the opposite is true.
    3. Large amounts of simple sugars from sugary drinks cause insulin spikes that are magnitudes more harmful and toxic to your body than aspartame. You are very likely to become obese and develop diabetes from excessive consumption of simple sugars. Artificial sweeteners do not raise insulin levels, are not utilized by your body, and are excreted just like a wide variety of natural chemicals your body does not digest.
    4. The negative effects of caffeine and acidity are greatly overstated here. Meat and dairy are far more acidic. Consuming adequate amounts of water and vegetables is always necessary to counteract this. A small amount of diet soda is unlikely to effect this balance. Of course, everything should be consumed in reasonable quantities.

    Sugary drinks and over consumption of sugar is THE cause of obesity in the U.S. Switching from regular to diet soda will vastly improve your health. Of course cutting out soda entirely and drinking water, tea, or coffee instead may have some health benefits, there are also benefits to drinking something you enjoy that has almost no negative impacts on your health. This page is one of the top Google searches relating to diet soda / artificial sweeteners and in the pursuit of better educating the public about the health choices they are making, this article should be remove or modified to stress that although there are rumored negative health effects associated with artificial sweetener, it is far better for you to choose artificial sweetener over real sugar.

    • Ladies and Gentleman. This comment above is what I like to think of as corporate propaganda. More than likely this is not a real person, but a paid PR firm. These firms are paid to spread corporate filth all over the internet.

    • jbc


    • Marla

      Bob, you are sorely misinformed! ALL the information in this article I have read many, many times in many articles and posts found on the net that ARE supported by university medical research! If you think aspartame is better than sugar and regularly consume it yourself, you are flirting dangerously with your health! Aspartame came out on the market in 1983, and it has been since 1983 that incidences of brain tumour cancers correlated to aspartame use is on the rise, while most cancers are on the decrease. You seriously need to do a lot more research on aspartame… I have done a TON of research on it and it is entirely all BAD NEWS! As for all your other points… each and every statement you’ve made runs totally counter to any research I have done on the topic! And that’s research by top labs and universities that are very trusted sources! Please do more research! Your health status will thank you for it!

      • Marla

        Oh, and as for the point you mentioned on fruit containing methanol, you have missed the part about the fact that there is another ingredient in the fruit that aspartame does not have that counteracts the methanol and renders it harmless… Again, do your research!

    • Collette

      You are so wrong in your post….do more research….you are badly misinformed! To say that anything ARTIFICIAL is better for you than NATURAL is asinine!

      • Hey there I have some arsenic… it’s all “natural”… yummy yummy come and get it…

        I would love to read your research, can you tell me what publication you were published in? Nature? British Medical Journal?… oh do you mean you just “read stuff” and that magically makes you an expert?

  7. Danno

    Number 4 states caffeine is an artificial stimulant, when it is a natural stimulant, created by nature.

  8. Lise

    I have been in horrific pain for years and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I was on narcotics , physical therapy…saw numerous other specialists with no relief. My culprit was diet sodas….when I stopped drinking them,my weight started to fall off. My pain level was diminished from a 10 to an easy 3!!!! I drink lemon water instead of the diet toxic concoction that I was addicted to. Yes I was addicted to diet pop!! What a difference….. this article is spot on!!

  9. Hey, who don’t we stop judging people on what they eat or drink and accept that — maybe — there’s something we DON’T know? I’m on Weight Watchers Points Plus. Once a week, I eat my bonus points, if I’ve kept up with my health regimen, and I don’t always have enough for a beverage other than water. I opt for a diet soda. It’s once a week, it’s a personal choice, and it’s none of your business.

  10. Mr. Poopie

    I have diarrhea and I’m on a bus and got 2000 miles to go.

    • w f davis

      good luck –hope your have extra rolls of paper

  11. Brandad

    Eat natural foods in moderation and exercise. You always here people tell you that your Grandparents grew up on a farm eating beef, dairy and cooked with lard. In the same,they did not sit at a desk job all day then prop themselves up in from of the TV in the evening with the ice cream and cookies before bed. As for the sodas they where not purchased by the case or 2 liter bottles but by the glass as treat very few times a month if any. They worked harder than most people today and ate lots of vegetables as is was of abundance on the farm.


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