Bad News for Your Brain: Artificially Sweetened Drinks Increase Risk of Stroke and Dementia

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

why is diet soda bad for you

By now we should all know the dangers of consuming too much sugar.

Among other things, it can lead to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, tooth decay, obesity, and other serious health conditions.

That’s why many people have stopped drinking beverages with lots of added sugar (including high fructose corn syrup). Instead, they switch to “diet” or “light/lite” varieties. These foods aren’t less sweet; they are usually sweetened artificially with chemicals that contain few or no calories. So why is diet soda bad for you? These sweeteners.

The Worst Contender

Soda is one of the top 5 most popular drinks worldwide.

In fact, a 2010 report by the Center for Science in the Public Interest stated that “sugar drinks were the single-largest source of calories”. It also found that sugary drinks “account for 47% of all added sugars in the American diet”. (1) The U.S. is the second-biggest consumer of soda, drinking around 154 liters (40 gallons) a year per capita. (2) Of this, almost a third is diet soda. (3)

Soda consumption is generally on the decline due to sugar’s link to obesity and disease; some people believe that by drinking diet soda, they’re doing a good thing by reducing sugar intake. (4)

Why is Diet Soda Bad for You

The use of artificial sweeteners in food and beverages (this includes all beverages, not just soda) reduces the number of calories from sugar content, however, these chemicals pose dangers of their own.

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