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Diet Soda Shocker: Serious Health Conditions Caused By Drinking Too Much Diet Soda

Diet sodas have been widely endorsed as a good replacement for sugary and high-calorie drinks. It was first promoted to help people with diabetes enjoy sweet drinks before it became popular to the public. 

Soda manufacturers promise to help people stay away from high levels of sugar and calories. Diet sodas use artificial sweeteners such as cyclamate, saccharin, aspartame or sucralose, instead of refined sugar. 

However, there has been a debate over the true health effects of diet drinks. Health experts have also raised questions about the use of artificial sweeteners. 

Drinking diet soda has been proven effective to help people reduce consumption of sugary beverages. But one study suggested that the low-calorie drinks could still increase an individual’s risk of developing diabetes and obesity. 

Numerous groups of researchers also found no evidence that diet soda can provide any direct health benefits aside from reduced sugar intake.

Bad Effects Of Too Much Diet Soda

Studies showed that such beverage potentially triggers health problems by damaging blood vessels. Researchers also believed high consumption of diet sodas could lead to chronic inflammation, according to Medical News Today.

These changes in the body could lead to a number of serious health problems. Drinking diet sodas may increase the risk of having the conditions: 

  • Heart attack 
  • Stroke
  • Dementia 
  • High blood pressure
  • Fatty liver disease

However, previous studies did not determine how diet drinks directly contribute to diseases. But a study in 2012 found that sodas that used artificial sugar affected how the brain takes sweet flavors.

Researchers said the diet sodas could affect dopamine, a neurotransmitter that supports motivation, pleasure and reward. Artificial sugar may make people crave for more sweets.

But diet experts said there are other factors to consider that may affect the health of soda drinkers. Chronic health issues may also occur due to weight problems and sedentary lifestyle.

However, diet sodas combined with these risk factors can all trigger the development of certain conditions. Those trying to lose weight because of high body mass index (BMI) may drink more of the sodas, not knowing their weight contributes to health risks.

soda Previous research found a link between high consumption of diet soda and serious health problems, such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease and obesity. Pixabay