Why Diet Soda is Actually Making You Fatter

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I was addicted to diet soda for literally most of my life. I was under the assumption that diet soda was better than drinking regular soda. Since I was 10, my dentist and doctor both encouraged drinking diet over regular soda. About ten years ago I was listening to a nutritional program on the radio, where they pleaded with listeners to stop drinking diet soda. I was shocked at what I was hearing. At the time I thought I had nothing to lose, so I quit drinking diet soda. Over the past ten years, I’ve learned so much about the dangers of diet soda. Since learning about how bad diet soda is for your health, I’ve become quite a loud voice to family and friends to why they should quit too.

Here are 5 reasons to Think About Quitting Diet Soda

  1. It can harm your heart. In a study at Karolinska Institute in Sweden, men who drank two or more servings of Diet Coke had a 23% higher risk of developing heart failure.
  2. It can harm your kidneys. Researchers found that women who drank two or more diet sodas a day had as much as a 30% decrease in kidney function.
  3. It can increase your risk of diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
  4. It leads to an increased waist. Two Studies completed in 2011 and 2015 by the School of Medicine at the University of Texas, San Antonio, found that two servings of diet soda, specifically Diet Coke, increased waistlines by over three inches.
  5. It alters your mood. Aspartame, the sweetener of many diet sodas is on the EPA list of potentially dangerous chemicals that contribute to neurotoxicity. The American Academy of Neurology discovered that artificially sweetened drinks are connected to a 30% increase risk of depression.

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