It’s no secret that diet soda poses a threat to our health. Studies have repeatedly shown that artificially sweetened sodas (and all artificially sweetened beverages and foods for that matter) stimulate fat storage and weight gain. They are toxic to our bodies. The names of some of these sugar substitutes include aspartame, sucralose, acesulfame-K, and saccharin. Common symptoms associated with ingestion of artificial sweeteners are: headaches, stomach cramps, diarrhea, bladder issues, and dizziness. Research has shown that sucralose may cause shrinking of the thymus gland and reduction of healthy intestinal bacteria.
Studies also indicate that artificial sweeteners can lead to metabolic syndrome, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Aspartame, in particular, is a neurotoxin and once processed through our bodies, turns into formaldehyde. As we know, formaldehyde can cause cancer. Aspartame can also act as an excitotoxin and can excite brain cells enough to push them to cell death.
Diet sodas may contain mold inhibitors, such as potassium benzoate, which has been shown to cause DNA damage in the mitochondria. Soda cans are often times coated with BPA, which is a chemical that is an endocrine disruptor linked to heart disease, obesity, and reproductive problems. In addition, some diet sodas contain caffeine, which can tax your liver, kidneys, and adrenal glands, making you feel sluggish and burned out.
Soda is acidic on a pH scale and acid forming diets lead to the depletion of important minerals in our bodies such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, iodine, and sodium. When consuming an acidic diet, our immune system works harder to bring the body back to balance. This can lead to heart disease, kidney disease, metabolic disease, and obesity. Phosphoric acid, specifically in sodas, is as acidic as battery acid. It can pull calcium from bones and teeth, leading to osteoporosis and rotting of your teeth. In addition, iodine is responsible for healthy functioning of the thyroid gland. The thyroid regulates metabolism, and if the proper minerals are not available, your thyroid gland is unable to regulate your metabolism. Hence, you are likely to gain weight.
If soda is difficult to give up, try substituting sparkling mineral water with sliced lemons, limes, or cucumbers added to it. Any soda containing artificial sweeteners and/or phosphoric acid, regardless of the color, is going to be harmful to our bodies and should be avoided.