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almost half of Americans drink diet soda regularly and while you might assume that diet coke is better than regular coke it can still do some damage you just might rethink your habits when you find out exactly what happens when you reach for a diet coke everyday an ingredient that is always going to be found in diet coke is at least one type of artificial sweetener traditionally diet coke contains aspartame though some versions contain Splenda according to coca-cola after all these artificial sweeteners are what make the diet drinks taste sweet without adding any calories according to health line aspartame and sucralose are two of the most commonly used artificial sweeteners and while they and other artificial sweeteners have been deemed safe to consume the Mayo Clinic says that some people may experience adverse effects from the ingredients as some studies have shown diet soda can potentially increase your risk of developing metabolic syndrome which in turn increases your risk of developing heart disease you may think the absence of sugar and soda to be a good thing but that simply opens the door for artificial sweetener to be used and instead and that might not be as good as what we've been told many people give up their regular sodas and turn to Diet Coke as part of their efforts to lose weight while it may make a difference if you switch from consuming numerous regular sodas a day to only diet ones this isn't the only piece of the puzzle in fact there is mounting evidence that proves drinking diet coke every day can actually have an unintended result one study published in the Yale Journal of biology and medicine found that regular consumption of artificial sweeteners actually led to weight gain not loss additionally a report from the university of texas at san antonio concluded that diet soda plays a definite role in weight gain by looking at the measurement of study participants waist it was found that participants who only occasionally drank diet soda specifically less than one a day saw their waist size go up by almost two inches and those that had one or more a day saw their waist size go up by more than three inches that's very telling indeed artificial sweeteners definitely get a bad rap but a lot of people still turn to them to help them stop consuming so much sugar while the artificial sweeteners like the ones found in coke may not have any calories they can make you crave more sugar according to the Yale Journal of biology and medicine artificial sweeteners precisely because they are sweet encouraged sugar cravings and sugar dependence so if you're trying to cut back on sugar diet coke probably isn't the way to go about it additionally Frank Lippmann physician and expert in functional and integrative medicine wrote for well and good that in general the taste of sweet be it artificial or actual sugar appears to play a significant role in increasing appetite artificial sweeteners increase your cravings especially for sweets and for anyone trying to get healthy that's pretty much the last thing they'd want to be craving she's not sleepwalking oh my god I'm sleep eating according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over 30 million Americans have diabetes and there are even more citizens who are considered pre-diabetic although common diabetes can be a debilitating illness and it turns out that your daily diet coke habit might be putting you at an increased risk of developing the disease during your lifetime one study from the Center for research and epidemiology and population health and France found that the consumption of artificially sweetened beverages quote were associated with increased type-2 diabetes risk diet coke may be advertised as a healthy alternative to regular soda but given its link to the metabolic disease and those who drink it regularly you might not want to consider it healthy enough to drink on a daily basis the term gut health has become somewhat of a buzzword that people throw around everyone you know is probably concerned about their gut health but is it really that important well as it turns out it is according to WebMD your gut health impacts your whole body including your mental and physical well-being that said if you drink diet coke every day you aren't doing your gut health any favors as Franklin min explained in an article for well and good artificial sweeteners can change the bacterial makeup of our gut biome and kill off tons of good bacteria a 2014 study by researchers and Israel's seem to confirm that diet soda has a negative impact your gut health and because of this can ultimately lead to glucose intolerance pre-diabetes and diabetes though high blood pressure or hypertension as it is known may be common over 100 million Americans suffer from hypertension according to the American Heart Association that doesn't mean it isn't dangerous as the Mayo Clinic explained high blood pressure is a common condition in which the long term force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems such as heart disease as if that weren't scary enough drinking a diet coke every day may actually cause high blood pressure a 2016 study from the department of food and nutrition at Kyung hee University in South Korea is just one study that concluded that beverages sweetened with both sugar and artificial sweeteners were associated with a high risk of developing hypertension nearly 140,000 Americans die from strokes each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strokes are a serious health matter and naturally most people would do everything they could to help prevent them however when you drink diet coke every day you are actually increasing your risk for a stroke as Healthline reported observational studies have linked diet soda to an increased risk of stroke but it's also worth noting that they say more research needs to be done and it's entirely possible that the link could be due to pre-existing risk factors such as obesity nevertheless a study from the Kiel cardiovascular research group at Keele University in South Korea found there was an association between consumption of sugar-sweetened and a SBS artificially sweetened beverages and cardiovascular risk and that's food for thought something to remember the next time you reach for that diet soda and that was 16 litres of cherry soda really I'm starting to feel it now even though headaches are a common condition no one would want to get a headache if they could help it unfortunately there are a lot of things that can trigger headaches like certain foods and drinks while everyone is different when it comes to their dietary triggers you do risk getting a headache when you drink diet coke frequently minnesota-based dietician Cassie Bjork told health I have several clients who used to suffer from migraines and pinpointed their cause to diet soda on top of that esteemed neurologist Orly Abbot sir told Business Insider that diet sodas quote offer little nutritional benefit and in some cases diet sodas can cause headaches or make you overeat that's enough to encourage some people to switch to a different beverage there are seemingly a million restrictions when it comes to what pregnant women should eat and drink as well as what they shouldn't eat and drink while a soda or coffee here or there is not likely to be harmful drinking diet soda while you're pregnant could actually cause you to go into early labor preterm labor is associated with a number of risks according to Stanford children's health premature babies may have trouble breathing kidney problems and seizures while it may seem almost unbelievable that a beverage could cause preterm labor more than one study has uncovered a link between diet soda consumption and early labor one from the center for fetal programming at the statin serum Institute and Denmark concluded there was an association between intake of artificially sweetened carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks and an increased risk of preterm delivery another from the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the institute of clinical sciences in sweden found that a high intake of both artificially sweetened and sugar sweetened beverages is associated with an increased risk of preterm delivery childhood obesity and obesity in general has the potential to wreak havoc on a person's overall health according to Stanford Health Care obesity puts you at greater risk for type 2 diabetes heart disease high blood pressure arthritis sleep apnea some types of cancer and stroke sadly drinking diet coke throughout pregnancy equals a strong chance the baby will develop obesity during infancy and childhood according to a study from the department of pediatrics and child health at the University of Manitoba in Canada maternal consumption of artificial sweeteners during pregnancy may influence infant body mass index another study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology in 2017 revealed that there were definite links between fetal exposure to artificially sweetened beverages and obesity by the age of seven though a diet soda might sound tempting when you're pregnant research shows that it's probably not worth it one of the most common gripes people have with diet coke is that it has the potential to cause cancer and those concerns aren't unfounded as army levy a research dietitian and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center explained there is some evidence that artificial sweeteners may increase your risk for certain types of cancers such as bladder and urinary cancers levy added that's not to save regular soda is better for you they might be affecting our health or cancer risks in ways we don't yet know about additionally more than one study has found a connection between regular consumption of diet soda and cancer a study conducted by the department of clinical and experimental medicine at the Hospital School of Medicine in Italy from there was a correlation albeit a slight one between consumption of carbonated soft drinks and the risk of pancreatic cancer another study by the department of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School uncovered quote a detrimental effect of a constituent of diet soda such as aspartame on select cancers clearly diet soda increases your risk factors and the research on that link is just getting started depression is a major issue not just for Americans but people the world over some 322 million people around the world suffer from depression according to the anxiety and depression Association of America unfortunately for those who drink diet coke every day the beverage has been associated with the mood disorder as Lisa young an internationally recognized nutritionist wrote in an article for HuffPost studies have found an association between the two soda drinkers were more likely to be diagnosed with depression that isn't to say that diet soda causes depression explained but there is a correlation according to a study published in 2014 frequent consumption of sweetened beverages especially diet drinks may increase depression risk among older adults whereas coffee consumption may lower the risk that said you may want to consider switching out your daily diet coke for a cup of coffee one of the most alarming and surprising possible side effects of drinking diet coke every day is that it actually has the ability to damage your cells according to today most diet beverages contain one certain ingredient that regular sodas typically don't have mold inhibitors according to coca-cola diet coke coca-cola zero sugar and several other products contain such preservatives however they aren't great for you according to Peter Piper a professor of molecular biology and biotechnology at the University of Sheffield and the United Kingdom these chemicals have the ability to cause severe damage to DNA in the mitochondria to the point that they totally inactivated they knock it out altogether although some companies took the initiative to stop using sodium benzoate they merely transitioned to using other mold inhibitors which still have the ability to damage DNA at the end of the day it's just one more reason to consider swapping your daily diet coke for something a little healthier check out one of our newest videos right here plus even more list videos about your favorite drinks are coming soon subscribe to our YouTube channel and to the Belles so you don't miss a single one [Music]

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