Would you believe that a can of diet soda is almost as acidic as a can of battery acid? Unfortunately, soda lovers – it’s true. A lot of people think that zero calorie diet soda is a healthier alternative than regular. But there are some dangerous side effects you should know:
- A daily diet soda habit could land you on the kidney transplant list. An 11-year Harvard University study found that drinking just two cans of diet cola a day doubles a person’s risk of kidney damage. Researchers think the main culprit is aspartame, which is an artificial sweetener. Its no wonder kidney disease has doubled in each of the last two decades.
- Each sip gets you closer to heart disease. A University of Minnesota study found that drinking even one diet soda a day increases your risk of metabolic syndrome by 34%. So, what exactly is metabolic syndrome? It’s the group of risk factors that spike your odds of developing heart disease. Like belly fat, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
- Is drinking diet soda worth of mouthful of rotting teeth? The pH in a can of diet soda is 3.2. That’s just slightly better than battery acid. Now, granted, it’s not the same type of acid. It won’t eat a hole in your stomach lining, or even dissolve a penny left in a cup of Diet Coke overnight. What it will do, however, is dissolve your tooth enamel over time. A study found that people who drank diet soda had much more tooth decay, missing teeth, and fillings than people who didn’t drink diet soda. The most acidic is Diet Pepsi.
- Diet soda can damage your body on a cellular level. That’s because it contains a type of preservative that fends off mold - something even regular sodas don’t have. But that preservative has been linked to hives, asthma, and allergies. And can irritate the skin, eyes and mucous membranes.