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- Rep Power
Is Diet Coke Bad for You? (if so, is it the aspartame or the effervescence)
Just wondering. I used to drink it all the time, now I pretty much stopped b/c of the rumors I've heard. Is diet coke bad for you?
Also is Club Soda bad for you?
I hear so many people say diet is bad for you, but they never have any articles, research etc, to back it up.
I hear it's b/c of the aspartame then I hear it's b/c of the effervescence...
Either way, any ideas? Thanks.
diet soda as it says dnt have any calories in it 1 cal or less
Originally Posted by AI
from my personal experience , if i were u i wouldnt drink too much from the stuff
i have no specific study to back it up
but it really raises my appetite toward sugar
and really there was a time i was a sugar addect and carb lover , gave really cravings of foods that i never thought i could crave
i never liked sugar or sweets before and i started drinkin it too much and i was drinkin 6 to 10 cannes a day and that caused me to overeat , im not talking only about diet soda , anything that has artificial sweetners becareful with it
so moderation is a key , dnt drink too much of it srs
- Rep Power
Thanks for the input. I used to drink it a lot. I read one study that said it's worse for your liver than alcohol. One day I drank around 16 cans while I was working on a project and felt like shih-it, later that day and the day after. I pretty much quit after that day.
Anyway, thanks again..
Originally Posted by Smileyface
I read somewhere that the effects of aspartame on labs rats ended up with some kind of damage to their brain.. not entirely sure what happened, but I'll post the study if I find it.
- Rep Power
4 Health Side Effects of Diet Soda / Nutrition / Healthy Eating
1. Kidney Damage
A 2009 Nurses' Health Study of 3,256 women found a 30% drop in level of kidney function for participants who drank 2 or more servings of diet pop daily. This means that those who drank at least 2 cans, bottles or glasses of diet drinks daily had 30% less kidney blood filtering ability than those who drank regular sodas or other drinks. The kidney function decline was noted even when consideration was made of other factors which may have affected participants, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
Why does diet soda harm the kidneys? Evidence is still coming in, but it's thought that the sweeteners used in diet soda may scar kidney tissue over time.
2. Weight Gain
Perhaps surprising, but true: studies have tied diet soda consumption to an increased risk of obesity. In fact, a 2005 University of Texas Health Science Center study found a 57.1% risk of obesity for those drinking more than two daily servings of diet pop.
How could a zero-calorie drink raise your risk of obesity? Researchers have a few theories. Some people may feel that drinking diet soda gives them a "free pass" to eat more foods that may not be so low in calories, thereby leading to weight gain. Another theory posits that the sweet taste of diet pop alerts our digestive system that high-calorie foods are coming. When they don't, our bodies are confused and our appetite increases in anticipation of the food it's expecting.
3. Tooth Enamel Damage
Soda is hard on tooth enamel, with the sugar and acid being the most problematic ingredients. Diet soda eliminates the sugar, but not the acid content of pop. Most of us are familiar enough with acid that we can imagine its impact on our tooth enamel, which is the main barrier our teeth have against decay.
Phosphoric acid is found in many diet sodas, and its purpose is to promote carbonation. But it also erodes tooth enamel. Check your favorite diet drink to see whether it contains phosphoric acid; generally, darker colas are more likely to contain it than lighter diet drinks.
Citric acid is another ingredient added to many diet sodas in order to preserve carbonation. Like phosphoric acid, it eats away at your tooth enamel.
If you can't give up your diet soda habit, try sipping it through a straw in order to reduce its contact with your teeth.
4. Bone Loss
Drinking diet soda can also lead to bone loss. This is because the phosphoric acid in the soda causes calcium in your bloodstream to be excreted more quickly than normal through urine. Your bones then give up some of their calcium in order to keep the bloodstream calcium level constant.
Replacing diet sodas with healthier drinks is a wise decision. You can use FitDay to track your beverage intake.
Also see 5 Important Reasons to Cut Diet Soda
Also see 3 Health Side Effects of High-Fructose Corn Syrup
Also see Weight Gain Side Effects That Affect Your Health
Also see 4 Side Effects of Artificial Sweeteners
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