From Frugivore — Have you ever been guilty of being that person at a fast food restaurant ordering the combo meal, a bit of ice cream and supersizing your order only to top it off with a diet drink? Yeah, me neither. But I have indulged in a weekly habit of diet soda or two with shame.

Diet soda is not your friend. In fact, it disguises itself as a better-for-you drink compared to sugary soda, tantalizing your senses with taste minus the calories so you don’t feel bad about going through a six-pack within a day.

Studies have shown that drinking diet soda can cause numerous adverse health effects. Here are a few reasons why you might want to ditch your habit.

  • Dizziness – In his dosages artificial sweeteners found in diet sodas can cause dizziness, heart palpitations, anxiety and other serious side effects. If you’re a three to four cans of diet soda a day type person you’ll want to limit your intake indefinitely.
  • Cancer – The Ramazzine Foundation, a European Cancer Research Center, conducted a study on aspartame (found in most diet products) revealed that aspartame increases the risk of certain cancers.
  • Weight gain – Researchers from University of Texas Health Center San Antonio reported in a study that people who drink diet soda are likely to gain, not lose weight.
  • Kidney Problems – Drinking more than two diet sodas a day has been found to double the risk of kidney function decline.
  • Reproductive Issues – Majority of aluminum cans, are lined with the known endocrine disruptor bisphenol A (BPA) which has been banned in Europe, Canada and Japan.

Are you willing to leave your diet soda habit?

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  • me

    oh wow is anything healthy anymore

    • Rachelle

      no

  • cabugs

    I have been telling people this forever. Short cut ways to be healthy are always the opposite of healthy. Diet soda, skim milk, (unnaturally) fat free and sugar free foods, “tofu” burgers and “veggie” burgers. What the heck are these things? I have never understood skim milk especially. The biggest nutritional value of milk comes from the fat! If it’s fat free what are you drinking? Water and protein? Too much protein that isn’t balanced by fats, carbs, vitamins and minerals is unhealthy too. Balance is key.

  • Mel

    While it doesn’t take a genius to know that drinking soda of any form regularly is not the best idea, I think you guys need to have better sources. One study can’t necessarily prove something and Dr. Oz’s blog sure as hell doesn’t fly as a reputable source in the scientific or medical community.