5 Reasons to Avoid Diet Soda

diet_soda_alternativeIt’s all over the news—diet soda increases stroke risk according to a study shared at an American Stroke Association meeting. But wait! The media is scrambling to assure everyone that it was a poorly done study and shouldn’t change people’s soda consumption. But the media is beholden to its advertisers, including those that sell diet soda. What’s the truth?

There are numerous reasons to stay away from diet soda, aside from the fact that it has never been shown to contribute to weight loss.

1) Aspartame (Nutrasweet) is an excitotoxin, which is a brain toxin (see work by Dr. Russell Blaylock for more info).

2) Both phosphoric acid and caffeine have been shown to interfere with calcium absorption,  which can increase the risk of osteoporosis.

3) The intense sweet taste of aspartame on the  tongue signals the pancreas to produce insulin. Excess insulin weakens blood vessels, so it does make sense that diet soda would  increase the risk of stroke. (These studies only show up prior to FDA approval of aspartame.)

4) Excess caffeine eventually taps out the  adrenal glands, leading to fatigue and hormone imbalances.

5) Phosphoric acid also destroys tooth enamel, leading to decay.

Diet Soda Alternatives

Try some fizzy water with a small amount of your favorite fruit juice added—just enough to add some flavor. Or experiment with some of the flavorful herbal teas such as mint, ginger or chamomile. Put a low-cost filter at your kitchen sink and try drinking water that doesn’t taste like chlorine—it’s a wonderful beverage!

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10 Responses to "5 Reasons to Avoid Diet Soda"

  1. dmk   March 6, 2011 at 5:02 am

    I personally don’t drink any kind of soda on a regular basis, but do these tips apply to regular soda as well (like coke or pepsi vs diet coke, diet pepsi). Just curious

  2. Linda Matthews, RDH   March 6, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    It is my understanding, as a dental hygienist, that excessive consumption of DIET SODA also causes higher incidence of TOOTH SENSITIVITY because diet soda can change the pH level of the mouth (it makes the mouth more acidic). I always tell my patients to avoid diet soda (and regular soda) because of the increased tooth sensitivity AND because of higher incidence of dental caries (tooth decay). Regular soda is very responsible for higher rates of decay, along with poor oral hygiene. But, diet soda causes the same problem, just at a slower rate. Both are bad for you, especially when you consume a lot throughout the day. Drinking water on a regular basis is MUCH BETTER for everyone!!

  3. Virginia Hopkins   March 6, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Personally I would choose a regular soda sweetened with real sugar over any drink sweetened with an artificial sweetener or high fructose corn syrup. But remember, most soda still has the phosphoric acid and the caffeine. Not to mention the fact that the average soda contains 9 teaspoons of sugar.

  4. Karen Scott   March 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I would like to feel good about drinking tap water, but what about fluoride? I’ve been drinking distilled for purity, but read that it actually pulls minerals out of the body. What to do?

  5. Amy Conley   March 6, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    What about the diet drinks sweetened with Splenda?

  6. pam   March 6, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    What about soda’s and other drinks sweetened with stevia or spleanda? If the intense sweet taste of aspartame on the tongue signals the pancreas to produce insulin, wouldn’t these sweetners do the same?

  7. Cynthia Zava   March 7, 2011 at 7:18 am

    We think this is the best soda: A glass of sparkling, or regular filtered, water with about 1/4 cup cranberry juice. If we’re getting fancy, we put in a squirt of lime. Really tasty and refreshing.

  8. Mary Kay   March 14, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Stevia is a great sugar substitute. Cynthia is right! Sparkling water, seltzer and definitely filtered water with about 1/4 c of a favorite juice is a great way of getting a healthful, tasty drink in without side effects. Stevia is great for the body! Sweet Leaf brand extract in a jar goes a very long way. Packets are convenient , but more expensive. I carry Stevia always in case I feel like a sweet in my weekend coffee jolt or green or white tea. The Mavea pitcher has a great filtration cartridge to it. Read about it online. We like it above all pitchers used so far. We got ours at Amazon.com.
    Definitely filter tap water. Also caramel coloring in sodas is bringing future diseases to us. Try hard to write soda companies or contact them and ask them to take the coloring out. We can still enjoy an occasional soda 1x a week without all the harmful, adverse health effects!

  9. Margaret   March 14, 2011 at 10:27 am

    My Dad is 92 and having reacently been put on insulin I have been giving him an occasional glass of diet soda. and have switched him to equal. After reading your artical I am wondering, should I switch to Truvia (stevia)?

  10. ann   March 27, 2011 at 5:52 am

    Margaret: diet sodas are just carcinogens in a can. You should not be giving your diabetic father diet sodas, or any sodas! Stevia is much better. You may also want to check out information on the HIppocrates Health Institute’s web site – diabetes, like most diseases, is the result of too much toxicity, and can be reversed. Humans, as herbivores, should be eating whole, plant based foods. Get a juicer and make your father some fresh juices, like organic carrot and apple. Or better still, make smoothies with the entire vegetable and fruit!