Diet Soda- Good or Bad?

Fizzy, sweet beverages are often a warmer weather must-have. They can quench your thirst just as good as water with way more flavor- what's not to love about that?

Well, for starters- beverages that are not considered diet are often packed with sugar and calories that do nothing for your body except sky-rocket your blood sugar and help you add unwanted body fat. Unfortunately, switching to diet beverages may not be a better alternative.

Although "zero calories" and "zero sugar" sounds great, the health impact that regular consumption of diet beverages can have on your overall health isn't as positive. A growing body of research has shown that regular consumption of diet soda seems to be linked with higher health and disease risks, such as:

  • heart conditions, such as heart attack and high blood pressure

  • metabolic issues, including diabetes and obesity

  • brain conditions, such as dementia and stroke

  • liver problems, which include nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

Although the studies have been numerous, it isn't completely clear that diet soda is the root cause of any of these health risks or diseases, but regular consumption does appear to add to the threat. One reason diet soda may increase health risks is because it is thought to damage your blood vessels and/or cause chronic inflammation inside your body