I am probably more vocal about warning people to stay away from soda than any other single food or beverage. This is because I know how terrible it is for people.
Soda is guilty of just about every nutritional offense possible.
It’s chock full of refined sugars, GMO ingredients, high fructose corn syrup and phosphoric acid. A single 12-ounce soda contains the equivalent of approximately 10 teaspoons of sugar – and there is nary a soda drinker on the face of this earth that limits their soda intake to 12 ounces per day.
The fear of ingesting all this sugar – and related calories – has served as a powerful motivator to drive millions of unwitting individuals to reach for diet versions of their favorite sodas.
Unfortunately for them, diet sodas carry all the same health risks as their full calorie versions, and then some. Weight gain, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and heart disease are all problems endemic among those who regularly consume diet sodas.
In fact, a recent report published in the journal Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism found that diet soda drinkers suffer the same exact health problems as those who opt for regular soda, including excessive weight gain, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and stroke.
The sad fact is, Americans in particular are addicted to sweet flavors, which appears to trigger a complex set of biological systems, pathways, and mechanisms that in the end leads to excess weight gain—whether that flavor comes loaded with calories or not.
Drinking Diet Soda Increases Chance of Death by 50%
As if the above evidence weren’t damning enough, a recent decade-long study of nearly 60,000 women has confirmed that drinking diet soda sweetened with aspartame is linked with a 30 percent increase in heart attack risk and a 50 percent increase in death risk!
From the American College of Cardiology website:
[A] study led by Ankur Vyas, MD, of the University of Iowa found that postmenopausal women who consumed two or more diet drinks a day were 30 percent more likely to experience a cardiovascular event and 50 percent more likely to die from related cardiovascular disease than women who never, or only rarely, consumed diet drinks.
The analysis of 59,614 participants in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, who had an average age of 62.8 and no history of cardiovascular disease, saw that after an average follow-up of 8.7 years, the primary cardiovascular outcome occurred in 8.5 percent of the women consuming two or more diet drinks per day compared to 6.9 percent in the five-to-seven drinks per week group; 6.8 percent in the one-to-four drinks per week group; and 7.2 percent in the zero-to-three per month group. The difference persisted when researchers adjusted for other cardiovascular risk factors and co-morbidities.
When I hear people say things like, “I need a soda,” it makes me want to pull my hair out. Soda is one of the last things anyone needs, unless they feel the need to kill themselves.
Because that is exactly what soda does to the human body. It induces a slow suicide by poisoning and diet brand sodas carry a toxic load that is vastly greater than regular sodas due to the aspartame and other artificial sweetening agents they contain.
Diet Soda Sweeteners Turn Into Dangerous Toxins During Digestion
Aspartame is a neurotoxin . Once ingested from diet sodas (or any other source), it breaks down into a number of chemical compounds, including formaldehyde and methanol. During digestion, the formaldehyde is oxidized into formic acid, a chemical known to be toxic to mammalian biology.
Aspartame denialists try to pretend that all this formaldehyde, methanol and formic acid has no effect on human health. Their argument is identical to that of GMO denialists: “GMOs are harmless!”
And then you have the FDA claiming that anything under 3,750 milligrams of aspartame in a single day is considered as “safe”. That is the equivalent of over 20 cans of diet soda per day!
Meanwhile we have a long-term study on almost 60,000 participants telling us that 2 or more diet sodas per day will increase the risk of death by 50% in the specific demographic studied.
This telling study notwithstanding, if the FDA’s figure were indeed trustworthy, we could reasonably expect any reported side effects from aspartame consumption to be minimal.
Why, then, is aspartame so frequently linked to blurred vision, headaches and neurological problems when repeatedly consumed in the form of diet drinks?
In fact, there are over 90 side effects linked to aspartame consumption, including headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, rashes, depression, irritability, insomnia, hearing loss, vision problems, loss of taste vertigo, memory loss and now possibly even premature death.
To further compound these problems, refined sugars and artificial sweeteners like aspartame are known to be highly addictive, so it may not be easy for you to ditch your favorite soda or diet soda.
Nevertheless, as someone who used to drink several sodas per day, I can tell you that it can be done with a little willpower, grit and determination.
And after a week or two of giving up the pop you’re going to feel better, have more energy, sleep better and probably even lose a few pounds. If you’re a headache sufferer, you might even see your headache event frequency/intensity subside.
99% of the time the only fluids I drink in a given day are black coffee, green tea, black tea, water and the occasional 100% natural whey protein shake.
Soda and diet sodas are toxic! They will degrade your health, erode your quality of life, poison your body and cut years off your life.
This is why I can’t help but get worked up when I see people killing themselves sucking back liquid-poison on a daily basis. So, please, do
me yourself a favor and resolve to exterminate sodas from your life.
They. Are. Slowly. Killing. You.
The Detox Diva