Is Diet Soda Harmful For Our Health? Know The 5 Main Risks

Diet soda is considered as a healthier alternative to many aerated beverages. Here are the main side effects of drinking diet sodas.  

Navya Kharbanda
Written by: Navya KharbandaPublished at: Aug 19, 2022Updated at: Aug 19, 2022
 Is Diet Soda Harmful For Our Health? Know The 5 Main Risks

A lot of people opt for diet soda and several other 'diet' beverages and ditch many aerated drinks. The main aim of this switch is to enjoy a sweet and bubbly drink without the intake of hundreds of calories. But, there are several studies that found a connection between consuming too much diet soda and having serious medical conditions, such as diabetes, fatty liver disease, dementia, heart disease, and even stroke. Drinking diet soda might solve the purpose of reducing sugar intake, but it can risk a person to other ingredients that can be harmful for their health. Onlymyhealth editorial team spoke to Dr. Anjali Phatak, Director Nutripulse and Senior Clinical Nutritionist, Nutripulse, Jaipur, to know about the health risks of drinking diet soda. 

Risks of diet soda 

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Diet soda is made using artificial sweeteners, like saccharin or aspartame, instead of sugar, to get the same sweet taste. Drinking too much diet soda might be related to many side effects as it can leave both long and short-term health effects. Listed below are the 5 main risks of diet soda

1. Affects gut health 

The gut microbiome plays a major role in many parts of overall health, such as immune function, nutrient absorption, cardiovascular health, and more. Some researches suggest that the artificial sweeteners found in diet soda are not healthy for your gut. Aspartame, which is one of the most common nonnutritive sweeteners present in diet soda, is directly linked to harmful effects on the human microbiome. 

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2. Slows down metabolism 

As soon as you take a sip of any diet soda, your body begins producing hormones to start the processing of sugar. It is a part of a response loop that helps your body in predicting what is coming next. Diet soda leads to weight gain by slowing down your metabolism first. A poor metabolism is not able to maintain an optimum body weight. 

3. Tooth erosion 

Diet sodas may not be loaded with a lot of sugar, but they mostly cause the same tooth erosion as other sugary beverages. Both regular and diet soda can weaken and damage your tooth enamel, which can lead to discomforting symptoms, such as as tooth sensitivity, chalky look, holes in the teeth and changes in opacity. Diet sodas are highly acidic and can change the look and health of your teeth if you drink it too much regularly. 

4. Increases risk of heart disease 

Diet soda is associated with a higher risk of metabolic syndrome, which is a cluster of conditions related to metabolism that can put you at a greater risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. There are a lot of studies that support the observation that drinking too much diet soda can affect heart health. When we talk about its effects on a person's cardiovascular health, more research is still required to determine whether and how other factors might also be contributing.

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5. Causes weight gain 

All kinds of carbonated drinks lead to weight gain, be it regular or diet. Even if it is not much sugary, sodas cause bloating and run a well balanced diet. However, much more research is required to know how having diet soda might be linked to increased body weight. It is best to quit diet sodas on time, than to fight with an addiction later on in life. 

In some cases, drinking a lot of diet soda in a day can lead to severe headache episodes. Compounds such as caffeine and phosphoric acid can cause bone loss as well. Therefore, make sure to consume this drink in moderate quantities. You can talk to your dietician or doctor about the intake of carbonated beverages. 

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