Diet Drinks are Soda-licious but Come with a Price

Diet Drinks are Soda-licious but Come with a Price

diet sodaDiet soda may seem like the perfect solution for our sugary sweet cravings. We can get our fix, while maintaining our health and watching our weight. It’s a win-win, right? Well, maybe not.

Recent research shows that drinking diet soda may have negative effects on your health. From strokes to weight gain, diet drinks may do more harm than good. Take a look at these 4 side effects from diet soda and consider your own diet drink usage.

Kidney Issues
You probably didn’t know that drinking diet soda might be bad for your kidneys. One study found that women who drank two or more diet sodas a day were twice as likely to have future kidney health decline. What’s even more interesting was that researchers found that regular soda did not have the same effects, leading them to believe that artificial sweeteners found in diet sodas may be a contributor.2

Heart Trouble
Postmenopausal women who drink two or more diet drinks a day may be more likely to have a heart attack, other heart problems or stroke, says a Women’s Health Initiative Observational study. Women who had two or more drinks a day were 30 percent more likely to have a cardiovascular event and 50 percent more likely to die from a related disease compared to women who don’t drink diet soda as often. If you’re looking for a heart healthy life, skip diet drinks.

Weight Gain
The term “diet” may be misleading. Research links diet soda to weight gain. A   by UT Health San Antonio found that diet soda drinkers had a 70 percent greater gain in waist size compared with people who didn’t drink the sodas. Those who drank more than two diet sodas a day had a waist size gain that was 500 percent greater. Why is that? It could be those man-made sweeteners again.

 They may:

  • Trick your body into thinking that sugar is on its way – causing your body to release insulin (fat storage hormone) which lays down belly fat
  • Confuse and slow down your metabolism
  • Make you hungrier and crave more sugars and carbs

Since it’s not made with real sugar, you may believe that diet soda will not raise your risk for diabetes. Not so fast! Drinking diet soda daily is linked to higher risks for Type 2 diabetes, one study says. It showed people who drank diet soda each day had a 67 percent increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes compared with people who don’t.

The debate over whether diet soda is good or bad for you is still on-going, but recent studies may make you rethink your consumptive habits.

If you have any concerns about diet drinks—or any other health issues—talk with your doctor or health care provider to get the best advice for you.

1. America College of Cardiology
2. National Center for Biotechnical Information
3. University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio


Last updated: 5/15/2019

  • Hi

    Thank you for your comments on this article. We  want to make sure our sources are current  and we list them on each article.   You brought up some great talking points, and like many things in life, moderation can be the key to happiness; There are always opportunities to kick an unhealthy habit, so why not give it the boot? Your suggestion for flavored water or even sparkling water is spot on! Bottoms up and cheers to the best no calorie in all the world- H2O!

  • I think there are many flawed statements in this article. First , there is no mention of the harms or sugar filled sodas. Second, there is no mention of minimal risk of any illness when diet drinks are used in moderation. Third, there is no mention of fact that many people use artificial sweeteners so they can "cheat" on their diet. For example using a packet of Splenda in tea and thinking they can now have that piece of pie for desert. Exchanging about 12 calories for about 450. There is no mention of drinking water or flavored water. And finally, all of this misinformation seems to be based on "one study" and doesn't say who funded the study. Perhaps it was funded by the high fructose corn syrup institute for healthy living?