Diet Soda is as popular as ever. Zero calories, crisp and cold, all the taste of soda without the guilt of the calories! But what are the hidden facts about diet soda that you don’t know? What is the high cost of low calorie? Are diet sodas really better for you than regular soda? Here are four truths about diet soda to help you figure it out.
- Even though diet soda has been touted as well…diet…the truth is, diet soda may actually cause weight gain instead of weight loss. What can be said is that there is no proof that diet soda causes weight loss. Weight gain, however is still up for debate. There are some studies that say that the artificial sweeteners in diet soda actually stimulate people’s appetites making them consume more calories. So watch out. If you are always hungry when drinking your soda, it may be time to stop!
- Diet soda can affect your kidneys! This is a little known fact about diet sodas. In studies done on female diet soda drinkers, those who drink two or more a day have a highly increased risk of declining kidney function. Studies did not find any link between kidney function problems and sugary sodas. So diet sodas could pose serious health risks.
- Caffeine, Caffeine, Caffeine. This is true of both diet and regular caffeinated sodas. Caffeine addiction is a real problem for those of us who have experienced it. When we do not get our soda fix for the day, we get grumpy, moody, and even sick. Caffeine headaches are a lot like migraines. They are incapacitating. So do yourself a favor and keep an eye on your soda consumption (and caffeine consumption in general) and if you start feeling like you can’t get going in the morning without your diet soda, then you need to take a step back and try to cut down!
- Say goodbye to your beautiful smile! Diet soda is highly acidic. There is something called a pH level. A low number is highly acidic and a high number is highly basic. A diet soda has a pH rating of around 3 on a scale up to 14. To give you a frame of reference, battery acid is at about 1 and hydrochloric acid is at zero (0). Drinking beverages that acidic with high frequency can eat away at the enamel of your teeth and cause permanent and irreversible damage.
Well there you have it! Four facts about diet soda that should make you think long and hard about continuing to drink diet soda. It may cause weight gain rather than weight loss. It can cause kidney damage, caffeine addiction and damage to your teeth. And these are not the only things about diet soda that could influence your opinions. Remember to always stay healthy!