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Diet soda and its harmful side effects.

Unknown to many people, diet soda has been around since 1952.

Not a big hit back then as it is today, but it’s been studied that we consume about 13.15 billion gallons of soda per year (2007 study by Dr. McCay at the Naval Medical Research Institute).   In another article (everyday wisdom) I found it shows the same amount as Dr. McCay’s study did.

Coca-Cola sold nearly 927 million cases of its diet soda in 2010.

My point in all this is, just because it doesn’t have sugar in it doesn’t mean it’s good for us.

In every study I have found the one thing they all have in common is: 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. (Fit-day.com)
  • Diet soda is made with artificial sweeteners. These sweeteners are made by modifying real sugar. Three hydrogen-oxygen groups in real sugar are replaced with three chlorine atoms. The chlorine atoms make the sugar inactive so that it will pass through the body and the body will not recognize this molecule. This is how the molecule becomes low-calorie. The body not recognizing the molecule makes this molecule have no effect on the body. Over time, the body not recognizing this molecule will cause the chemistry of the brain to change. The brain will begin to not recognize things that are sweet and will not recognize them as calories. When sweetness is not being internally recorded, the threat to overeat, and overeat by a lot, is always there. (3fatchicks.com)
  • Fowler and her team studied more than 1500 people between the ages of 25 and 64, looking at whether each consumed regular or diet soft drinks. It was no surprise to find a correlation between the daily consumption of multiple cans of all soft drinks and obesity — which they did. But, as Fowler noted, “What was surprising was when we looked at people only drinking diet soft drinks; their risk of obesity was even higher” [than that of those drinking regular soft drinks]. In fact, Fowler found that for each can of diet soft drink consumed per day, the risk of obesity went up by 41%. (womantowoman.com)


In other studies it’s shown an increase in stoke and heart attack in people who drink diet sodas on a regular basis.

  • In a nine-year study of more than 2,500 people, those who drank diet soda daily were 48% more likely to have a heart attack or stroke or die from those events, compared with those who rarely or never drank soda. (webmd.com)
  • According to a study of more than 2,500 people presented today as a poster at the American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles, people who drank diet soda daily had a 61 percent increased risk of cardiovascular events compared to those who drank no soda, even when accounting for smoking, physical activity, alcohol consumption and calories consumed per day. (abcnews.com)

There are so many different side effects from diet sodas, from bone loss to dehydration, it’s no wonder we are a nation with so many health problems.  I myself am allergic to nuti-sweet and other artificial sweeteners so this keeps me well away from these problems with diet sodas.  So instead I drink a lot more water and unsweetened tea.

While standing in line the other day waiting to order a grilled chicken sandwich the person in front of me ordered a double meat burger, a large fry and a 44oz diet coke.  I thought to myself, I wonder if this person really knows that the diet coke isn’t helping them and could be adding to a problem they already have.

So till later, have a great day and try and put down those diet sodas.

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