7 Side Effects of Drinking Diet Soda

By MAYS Latest Reply 2012-09-17 08:59:50 -0500
Started 2012-09-15 16:15:00 -0500

Pop quiz! What's the single biggest source of calories for Americans?

White bread?
Big Macs?

Actually, try soda.

The average American drinks about two cans of the stuff every day. "But I drink diet soda," you say. "With no calories or sugar, it's the perfect alternative for weight watchers…Right?"

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.

Unfortunately, diet soda is more in vogue than ever. Kids consume the stuff at more than double the rate of last decade, according to research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Among adults, consumption has grown almost 25%.

But knowing these 7 side effects of drinking diet soda may help you kick the can for good.



10 replies

Armourer 2012-09-17 01:45:30 -0500 Report

For decades I was a big diet soda drinker, average was 2 liters a day. Six months ago I gave it up and nothing but water. I haven't noticed a difference, I hope I'll never go back though. Thanks for posting Mays.

annesmith 2012-09-17 01:12:18 -0500 Report

I am very fortunate—I never, even as a kid, was pulled towards pop, especially diet pop. I love my morning coffee, and yeah, I add creamer and a little bit of sugar—bad for the kidneys, I know. I drink 2 cups of coffee before 4 in the afternoon everyday, but I rarely drink pop of any kind. I feel sorry for those that are addicted to the diet sodas. Once in a blue moon, I will have a third of a glass of Diet Coke. If I drink anything over that amount, the acid in the pop bothers me a lot. Now, if I reduced my love for french fries, a love I have had all my life, my weight would be a little less, ha,ha…yes, I do not believe in giving up the things we like, but have found that moderation is the key. For example, if I eat a super large fries , when I go for my walk I can guarantee you I'll be running, too..ha,ha…not perfect, I know. ANNE

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Diabetic Coach 2012-09-15 19:34:46 -0500 Report

I tend to take a lot of these things with a grain of salt. If its not one thing thats bad for you, its another. Everything is bad for you to some degree. The news media feeds on fear. I know diet coke is poison just like 'sugar free' drinks are filled with stuff that is just as bad as diet soda. It doesn't mean I'm going to stop drinking them. I mean the list goes on and on.

If I spent all the time worried about what new study has proclaimed something is bad for me, I'd miss out on living. Just my .02 cents

JSJB 2012-09-17 03:52:26 -0500 Report

I don't think you should spend all you time worried about these studies, I don't but if you drank (is that a work?) diet soda like Amourer and me then I would consider worrying about the effects. Except for the soda, I still eat things I shouldn't but with moderation and my BG readings are normal. I'm living but living a healthier way of life. I think I just gave you a nickiles worth:)

MAYS 2012-09-15 20:21:31 -0500 Report

I accept your .02 cents, let me give you your change. ;)
There are, and will always be pros and cons to everything in life.
One thing that I cannot do here on this site is to list or post anything that I am pro for, because I am not trying to influence anyone to sway one way or the other, so I always present things on both sides of the coin and let people decide for themselves.
All I want is for people to take an active part in managing their diabetes, as Sy Sims used to say," An educated consumer is our best customer."
So I put it out there and lket the individual decide!