Rethink Your Drink: Six Dangers of Drinking Diet Soda

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It looks good. And, it tastes good, especially on a hot summer day, but drinking soda is bad for your health.  It doesn’t matter what brand you drink or if it is diet or made with real sugar. They all come with related risks.

While diet soda may seem like a better option, a recent article in Prevention Magazine reinforced some of the surprising consequences drinking it can bring.

Depression – the American Academy of Neurology says that if you have more than four cans of soda a day you are 30% more likely to feel depressed.

Metabolic Syndrome – this is a group of symptoms including high cholesterol and belly fat that put you at risk for heart disease and other health challenges.

Kidney Decline – a Harvard Medical School study says drinking soda daily can double your risk of impaired kidney function.

Acid Reflux – Combining the acidity of cola with the bubbles in carbonation can be hard on your digestive system.

Stroke and Heart Attack – your risk increases 43% when you drink more than one soda a day.

Tooth Erosion – Both acidity and carbonation put your teeth at risk. Soda can eat away at tooth enamel and cause cavities. When an extracted tooth is soaked in soda for a few days it comes out damaged and almost black. No one wants that.

If you are a soda drinker, we encourage you to think carefully before your next drink. Cutting back or giving up soda may be much better for your health.

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