Not so fast. Before you pop the top off the caramel-colored bubbly, know this: guzzling diet soda comes with its own set of side effects that may harm your health–from kickstarting kidney problems to adding inches to your waistline.
by Dr. Richard Foxx
People love soda. On average, Americans drink about 1.5 cans per day. It doesnt matter if youre on a diet or not, one of the most popular ways to satisfy a sweet tooth is with a cold, refreshing soda.
Diet colas and sodas have long been considered a healthy alternative when trying to shed a few extra pounds. After all, diet sodas typically contain zero calories because the sugars are eliminated and replaced with no-calorie sweeteners. The problem, however, is that diet soda drinkers tend to experience accelerated weight gain, boost their risk for both metabolic syndrome, and diabetes.
How could a zero calorie, diet drink be seemingly worse for you than the sugar-packed alternatives? The main issue is that it causes people to make up for those lost calories elsewhere. Theyll say to themselves, Okay, Im having a diet soda with my Big Mac combo so I might …