4 Reasons to Avoid All Soda (Even Diet)

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That innocent-looking can of soda pop-no matter what it’s sweetened with-may be taking a toll on your immunity. Here’s why:

1. People who drink sodas instead of healthy beverages (think low-fat milk and pure fruit juice) are less likely to get adequate vitamin A, calcium, and magnesium. What’s more, soda contains phosphoric acid that depletes calcium and magnesium. These two nutrients help keep your immunity operating at peak efficiency.

2. Sodas containing high-fructose corn syrup also contain high levels of free radicals linked to tissue damage, the development of diabetes, and diabetic complications.

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3. Plastic soda (and water) bottles contain a toxic chemical called bisphenol A (BPA) that can leach from bottles into soda…into you. Emerging evidence links BPA to a myriad of maladies, including immune system depression. Public health experts recommend that we protect children from exposure to products containing BPA-especially those they consume or use every day.

4. Diet soda actually contributes to weight gain. A study of 1,550 people concluded that people who drink diet soda have a 41 percent increased risk of being overweight or obese-for every can or bottle they drink per day! Turns out, any sweet taste signals body cells to store fat and carbohydrates, which makes you hungrier. Sweet tastes also promote insulin release, which blocks your body’s ability to burn fat. The hard truth: No published study has ever proven that drinking diet soda will help you lose weight.

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59 thoughts on “4 Reasons to Avoid All Soda (Even Diet)

  1. i have many friends who drink normal coke who have never had a cavity and havnt gained weight. The diet soda drinkers are the ones who i see being fat.

  2. This is untrue.As a healthprofessional, diabetes has nothing to do with soda, etc.but is a complex inflammtory dehydration disorder set up from toomuch warming foods such as spices,meats,coffee, etc. and a genetic tendency to overheat,etc. Sugar and sweeteners actually cool the body down. also, as a former bodybuilder, I cut my body weight from 132 to 115 and dropped my body fat to 12% while drinking sodas- diet sodas included. Weight gain is a complex issue of eating disorders, portion control problems, genetics, lack of activity, etc. hormones, muscle fat ratios- which have more to do with protein consumption, burn rates, genetics, and heavy resistance training, etc I am sick of the ignorance on these issues and false lies written by people with no degrees and education or personal experience with any of this. Sugar is NOT the enemy!!!!!!! Sugar lowers hypertension. Why don’t people go after the real dangerous chemicals/poisons like the stuff in their prescription drugs. Do your researchon the multiple chemicaltoxic compounds in your drugs.

    1. Research done at theChildren’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute found that free fructose from HFCS requires more energy to be absorbed by the gut and soaks up two phosphorous molecules from ATP (our body’s energy source).

      This depletes the energy fuel source, or ATP, in our gut required to maintain the integrity of our intestinal lining. Little “tight junctions” cement each intestinal cell together preventing food and bacteria from “leaking” across the intestinal membrane and triggering an immune reaction and body wide inflammation.

      High doses of free fructose have been proven to literally punch holes in the intestinal lining allowing nasty byproducts of toxic gut bacteria and partially digested food proteins to enter your blood stream and trigger the inflammation that we know is at the root of obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, dementia, and accelerated aging. Naturally occurring fructose in fruit is part of a complex of nutrients and fiber that doesn’t exhibit the same biological effects as the free high fructose doses found in “corn sugar”.

      1. HA is right I work at the research center in Philadelphia and I can confirm that most of this is true. And sorry to burst your bubble sir but your grammar is not that great

  3. Every food has an article somewhere saying it is bad for you. If you didn’t grow it or kill it yourself, it’s going to kill you. If you eat more than you should of anything, it’s going to kill you. Get over it.

  4. Poorly researched article.

    Diet soda sweetened with aspertane (Equal) does lead insulin swings and increased weight gain. That covers most of them but some diet sodas are sweetened with Splinda or even Stevia. Those sodas do not cause nearly as many problems.

  5. The bacterial balance in the colon is critical to thwarting obesity and diabetes. Artificial sweeteners upset that balance. Also, High Fructose Corn Syrup should be outlawed for human consumption. It’s inclusion as an inexpensive sugar substitute in nearly every processed food is the greatest threat to public health in our lifetime.

  6. Another article from the formula school of how to get published. Make something up.

  7. What a bunch of crap. Everything in moderation…even the notoriously strict European Food Safety Organization has declared aspartame to be safe. I drink diet soda all the time, I also go to the gym at least five times per week and run triathlons, I am 58 years old and at a healthy weight. Nobody’s making you fat except you. Get off your butt, away from the TV or the computer and move. Get your kids away from their electronics and make them move too. Make a few good choices and and you’ll be able to afford a few sodas.

  8. Please, tell me where to find those SCIENTIFIC evidences… I’ll then believe in all you state here. Otherwise, everything you say is just another opinion.


  10. The only problem with soda is people drink it to quench their thirst, without even enjoying it. Soda’s fine if you drink it as originally intended, as an occasional luxury. Drink water when you’re thirsty.

  11. Not to mention the disastrous consequences on your teeth.
    Liquid sugar………rots teeth all the way around.

  12. I stopped drinking all soda back in mid March. I used to drink 2-4 Diet Cokes per day. My drink of choice is plain water plus I drink one cup of green tea per day. In the three months since quitting soda I have dropped 30 pounds (from 215 to 185 and still dropping). I feel better and no longer have the constant munchies I used to. Plus my heartburn is gone and I no longer use Prilosec OTC. This experience has opened my eyes a lot. Soda is poison and even diet drinks can kill you. I just hope the damage of 25 years of regular soda drinking can be undone. I am only in my early 40s so I hope so.

    1. “I lost weight by cutting down my caloric intake.” is all I took from your story other than you have a weak stomach.

  13. this is totally incorrect regarding diet soda. fruit juices are loaded with calories and incredibly unhealthy (eat the whole fruit instead!). bb has it right with the bpa. fat people are fat because they are genetically predisposed and/or consume more calories than they burn, so diet soda won’t make a difference. number 2 is correct for non-diet soda.

    eat right. excersise daily. driink diet soda in moderation and you will be fine folks. i drink a soda daily. have been doing so for years. no health issues! i’m 5’10” and 150 pounds at age 57. living proof that this is info is junk!

  14. I always thought the claim that diet soda contributes to obesity was total bunk.  Then I stopped drinking diet Coke and lost 60lbs.  Don’t get me wrong, I made other changes to my diet as well, but dropping diet soda from my diet certainly didn’t hurt.  I don’t miss it and I’m not as worried about the health of my bones.

    1. Congrats but not sure you can pin this all on diet soda if you also made other changes.

  15. OK I dont drink soda, but this is just  paranoia. Come on people wake up, the “news/government” is trying to control your every move, everything you eat, and everything you do

  16.  “Turns out, any sweet taste signals body cells to store fat and carbohydrates, which makes you hungrier”…………Odd. I never get any more hungry after drinking diet soda or having anything with a sweet taste !!!!!  This article is mostly false.

  17. Fat people drink diet soda…not “diet soda makes you fat”  You have your cause and effect backwards.

  18. Does this also apply to Spring Water which comes in plastic bottles ?

    1. drink wine,water is polluted…. and sodas are crap.
      For those who uses them, there are free to do so… to poison themselves with some pleasure.

  19. My  thought is that there are far too few consumers taking these warnings to heart. As the medical articles keep focusing on the dangers about soda pop and BPA, it doesn’t seem as if  the public is taking these warnings seriously. But I wonder how plastics companies have changed their products, or not so that consumers are not at risk of immunity issues and other risks. The articles I read recently, not only about the sugar content of soda but the processing of sugar for the brown (such as cola) sodas scared me. Has anyone heard that the brown color or caramelizing is done by using ammonia? That is frightening to me. Just one more reason to think, really think about what’s in your cup.

  20. total bull. aren’t fruit juices, even pure fruit juices, sweet? if so – isn’t that the same thing as drinking a diet soda – its a sweet taste… whoops. there goes your theory right out the window. TOTAL BULL

  21. Correlation vs. causation.  If you drink diet soda you’re more likely to be overweight.  Could this be because people who are overweight might be choosing diet sodas in order to decrease their calories?  There’s no evidence that consuming something sweet causes fat storage.  That’s ludicrous.  Fat storage happens when we have extra calories coming in — and we store them.

  22. …and what about all that CO2 coming out of those carbonated drinks and into the atmosphere…no climate change wacko worth their weight should be missing that obvious threat to the planet…

    1. The CO2 that is in soda is taken from the atmosphere in the first place, only an idiot who did know research would say otherwise. Stating that soda (anything that that isn’t inherently bad, i.e. toxic, carcinogenic, etc.) is not ok to drink is stupid. That being said turning this article into a slant against a theory that is backed by most scientists in the field of climatology (climate change) is retarded.

  23. Fruit juices are not a ‘healthy’ beverage either.    It is often sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, but even if it’s not you are still drinking the fruit sugars in a concentrated form, without offsetting it with the fiber in the fruit.     

    1. and given to children who are still taking a   bottle, promotes tooth rot and gum disease:(

    2. I believe the article stated “pure” fruit juices (e.g., no added sugar).  Please read things more carefully.

      1. “… even if it’s not you are still drinking the fruit sugars in a
        concentrated form, without offsetting it with the fiber in the fruit. “

  24. Diet soda was not created with the intent that you would lose weight when you drink it. It was created so you could drink it without adding unnecessary calories/sugars to your existing diet. As in well balanced healthy diet.

    1. Seems like a convenient excuse. The intent of the article is basically to say soda is bad for you and diet soda is basically a scam.

    2. Diet soda is not part of a well balanced healthy diet. The only people I know who think otherwise are fat.

  25. Soda and water bottles marked with a (1) on the bottom DO NOT contain BPA.  Bottles and containers (like those that come with certain kitchen water filters) marked with a (7) or a (9) DO contain it.  Please get your facts straight before publishing misinformation to your readers.

    1. Wow!  You are slapped them down good!  Rejoice in your superiority!

          1. I read on the internet that the internet is always right

          2. How do we know what we read in Readers Digest is true?

          3. god writes readers digest and algore invented the internet, so everything is good

          4. algore invented the internet. do you really think algore is wrong or that algore would lie?

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