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5 Dangers of diet soda

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Diet soda doesn't have any sugar or calories, so it must be ok to drink, right? Drinking diet soda is a bad idea on many levels and it isn't as innocent as it seems. Glamorous celebrities, athletes, and famous musicians guzzle diet sodas on TV commercials, but there is plenty they aren't telling the public about the dangers of diet soda. Here are 5 reasons to give up diet soda - put down the can and run the other way.

1. Obesity. Diet soda is supposed to help us lose weight, right? According to a study by the University of Texas Health Science Center, the more diet soda a person consumes, the higher their risk of being overweight. Artificial sweeteners like aspartame and Splenda actually make people crave more sweets, and more diet soda.

2. Kidney issues. Harvard Medical School conducted an 11-year study found that people who consume diet sodas are more likely to develop kidney problems. Artificial sweeteners may be responsible for this.

3. Tooth decay. Diet soda has a pH of 3.2 which is very acidic, and this acid can erode tooth enamel. According to a University of Michigan study, adults who drink 2-3 diet sodas a day have worse dental health than those who don't consume them.

4. Problems with reproduction and fertility. The cans diet soft drinks are packaged in contain a lining made of BPA. This material is known as an endocrine disruptor and has been linked to all sorts of issues with human reproduction.

5. Metabolic problems. Metabolic syndrome includes type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and an enlarged abdomen. A University of Minnesota study in 2008 showed a correlation between diet soda and increased risk of metabolic syndrome.

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