Check out 5 surprising side effects of drinking diet soda.
Here are 5 side effects of diet soda according to prevention.com.
Number 5 – The low calorie drink may cause cell damage. Diet sodas contain preservatives that many standard carbonated beverages do not - sodium benzoate or potassium benzoate. According to Peter Piper, a professor at the University of Sheffield - “These chemicals have the ability to cause severe damage to DNA in the mitochondria to the point that they totally inactivate it - they knock it out altogether.”
Number 4 - A good metabolism is nothing to take for granted. Research conducted in 2008 studied nearly 10,000 people. The scientists found that just consuming one diet soda a day puts you at a 34% higher risk of metabolic syndrome which is linked to excess belly fat and high cholesterol.
Number 3 – Researchers at Harvard Medical School have spent more than a decade studying the effects of diet soda on the kidneys. The scientists found that the drinks were related to significant chances of kidney function decline in women who drank more than two of these beverages per day.
Number 2 – You may not want to switch to diet soda if you’re trying to lose weight. A study carried out by the University of Texas Health Science Center found that drinking two or more cans of diet soda per day actually increased waistlines. Another study by Purdue University suggested artificial sweeteners played a role in hindering the body’s ability to regulate calorie intake.
Number 1 – If you wish to avoid a hangover, you may want to steer clear of diet soda. Alcoholic beverages which contain diet soda will get you drunk a lot quicker. An Australian based study revealed that sugar-free cocktails caused booze to enter a person’s bloodstream faster than drink concoctions made with real sugar.