If you drink diet soda to be healthier and to avoid health problems – don’t bother. Both regular and diet soda are bad for you, and they are both linked to early deaths.
According to The Washington Post, people who drink two or more glasses of any soft drink a day have a higher risk of mortality. A study was done with over 400,000 people, and the result wasn’t great for soda-drinkers. “Consumption of two or more glasses of artificially sweetened soft drinks a day was positively associated with deaths from circulatory diseases. For sugar-sweetened soft drinks, one or more glasses a day were associated with deaths from digestive diseases, including diseases of the liver, appendix, pancreas, and intestines.
A representative from the Calorie Control Center – which represents low and no-calorie sweeteners – disagrees with these findings and still claim that sweeteners in diet drinks are safe. “The safety of low- and no-calorie sweeteners has been reaffirmed time and time again by leading regulatory and governmental agencies.”
They also add that those in the study were most-likely already unhealthy to begin with. “Possible explanation for the positive associations found for artificially sweetened soft drinks is that participants who were already at greater health risks (those who were overweight or obese; those with prediabetes) may have switched to artificially sweetened soft drinks to manage their calorie and sugar intake.”
There is good news though: The study claims that there is no correlation between soft drinks and Alzheimer’s or cancer.