3. Artificial Sweeteners
If you think you’re doing a healthy thing by drinking diet soda instead of regular, you are mistaken. Zero calories aren’t the whole picture. Artificial sweeteners are in some ways even more deadly than sugar. They have been linked to neurodegeneration, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and other serious illnesses.
A link has been established between soda consumption and asthma; it’s inconclusive whether this is due to the preservative or high fructose corn syrup Either way, soda takes your breath away—and not in a good way. (13, 14)
Soda and other soft drinks are packaged in cans and bottles lined with BPA (Bisphenol-A) plastic. This substance contains toxins that increase blood pressure, disrupt the endocrine system, and can contribute to weight gain. It’s stored in the body, accumulates, and is difficult to get rid of.