"It's Diet, Right?" The Lowdown on Diet Soda
Soda, in general, has zero nutritional value. Diet soda, in my opinion, is even worse than regular soda; filled with artificial sweeteners, this is an item that you should try to completely eliminate from your diet. Here's why:
WEIGHT GAIN: A study at the University of Texas Health Science center found that frequent diet soda drinkers (2 or more diet sodas a day) had a 500% increase in waistline size than non-drinkers. YIKES!
HEART ATTACK RISK: A study at the University of Miami found that daily diet soda drinkers were 44% more likely to suffer a heart attack than non-drinkers. Drinking diet soda also puts you at a higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome, characterized by belly fat and high cholesterol that increase your heart disease risk.
DIABETES RISK: Daily diet soda drinkers are more than 25% likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes than people who had no more than one sugary drink per month.
KIDNEY DECLINE: An 11-year-long study done at Harvard Medical School with over 3,000 women found that diet soda was associated with a two-fold increased risk for kidney decline. *Kidney decline was not associated with sugar-sweetened sodas, so researchers suspected that the diet sweeteners were responsible.
If you are a diet soda or soda addict, there are several ways that you can break your addiction. I don't recommend just quitting cold turkey, especially if you are used to a large amount of caffeine daily. Try making small changes and maybe starting by substituting out seltzer or another healthier drink for a can of soda at lunch. Small changes are still significant, and can prove beneficial in the long run.