8 Side Effects of Drinking Diet Soda

8 side effects of drinking diet soda

We knew diet soda was bad for us, but whoa, look at eight of the most recent known side effects.

  1. Kidney Problems. Researchers found that diet cola is associated with doubled risk for kidney decline.
  2. Messed-Up Metabolism. Even just one diet soda a day is linked to a 34% higher risk of metabolic syndrome.
  3. Obesity. A University of Texas study found that that more diet soda drank, the greater the risk of obesity.
  4. Worse Hangovers. Alcoholic drinks made with diet soda can make you drunker, faster, according to a study out of the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia.
  5. Cell Damage. Diet soda contains mold inhibitors that can cause severe damage to DNA in the mitochondria.
  6. Rotten Teeth. Diet soda is very acidic, with a pH of 3.2; this acid can dissolve tooth enamel.
  7. Reproductive Issues. Most soft cans are coated with BPAs, which are linked to reproductive problems.
  8. Increased diabetes risk. Drinking just 1 diet soda a day was associated with a 36% increased risk of diabetes in a University of Minnesota study.

Whew! Water never looked so good.

8 side effects of drinking diet soda