Would you believe that a can of diet soda is almost as acidic as a can of battery acid? Unfortunately, soda lovers Ė itís 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 personís 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? Itís 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. Thatís just slightly better than battery acid. Now, granted, itís not the same type of acid. It wonít 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 didnít drink diet soda. The most acidic is Diet Pepsi.
- Diet soda can damage your body on a cellular level. Thatís because it contains a type of preservative that fends off mold - something even regular sodas donít have. But that preservative has been linked to hives, asthma, and allergies. And can irritate the skin, eyes and mucous membranes.