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Sugar-laden sodas can lead to diabetes, obesity, and many other health issues. But what about calorie-free diet soda? Well, that might be just as damaging to your health. Here are five reasons why you should drop your diet soda habit.

Skin Problems

Diet soda lowers pH levels, which can leave your skin looking dull and can cause acne. If that’s not enough, drinking diet soda for a long period can bring about premature aging. All soda—whether it’s diet or not—contains phosphoric acid, because it improves shelf life and gives sodas their tangy flavor. But there’s a dark side to phosphoric acid. According to a 2010 study in the FASEB Journal, too much phosphoric acid can also accelerate aging.

Weight Gain

The name may say ‘diet,’ but diet soda is far from it—in fact, it’s a waistline buster. A study from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio found that the more diet soda someone drank, the more likely they were to become overweight. Diet soda adds to weight gain in a variety of ways. It trains your taste buds to crave sweets because artificial sweeteners are sweeter than sugar. As a result, insulin levels spike. This can make your body think real sweets are on the way and, as a result, it kickstarts into a fat-storing model.

Increased Heart Attack Risk

Since drinking diet soda packs on the pounds, which can lead to diabetes and other diseases, it may also increase your chances of suffering a heart attack. A study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that, in general, adults who drank diet soda daily were 44 percent more likely to have a heart attack or a stroke, versus the 22 percent of people who rarely consumed diet soda.

Weaker Bones

Diet soda has also been linked to weakened bones and fractures. Researchers at Tufts University found that people who regularly drank cola-based soda had a 4 percent lower bone mineral density in their hips. Although drinking regular soda was linked to less significant loss in bone mineral density, there was still a noticeable decrease in women who drank diet soda. Phosphoric acid and caffeine—both ingredients in diet sodas—were possibly to blame for the drop in bone mineral density. Experts believe that caffeine can interfere with calcium absorption. Whereas consuming too much phosphorous—which is an important bonemineral—compared to your calcium intake can actually lead to bone loss.

Depression

The aspartame found in diet soda has been linked to mood swings and depression. People who already struggle with depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder were particularly susceptible to mood swings and even worse depression. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll suffer from depression due to diet soda, rather that your chances of becoming depressed might increase.

All the signs point to better life if you kick the can to the curb. According to studies, giving up diet soda can help you lose weight faster, lift your mood, strengthen your bones and so much more.

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