“These chemicals have the ability to cause severe damage to DNA in the mitochondria to the point that they totally inactivate it – they knock it out altogether,” Peter Piper, a professor of molecular biology and biotechnology at the University of Sheffield in the U.K.
There is a link between diet soda and dental health problems. Diet soda is acidic, with a pH of 3.2 and this is corrosive to our tooth enamel. There have also been links made between diet soda and depression. A large study of over 260, 000 adults found that those who drank soda were 30% more prone to developing depression over the course of a decade. They found that the connection was more pronounced with diet sodas.
People who drank more than four cans or cups per day of soda were 30 percent more likely to develop depression than those who drank no soda. Those who drank four cans of fruit punch per day were about 38 percent more likely to develop depression than those who did not drink sweetened drinks. People who drank four cups of coffee per day were about 10 percent less likely to develop depression than those who drank no coffee. The risk appeared to be greater for people who drank diet than regular soda, diet than regular fruit punches and for diet than regular iced tea.
Diet soda has also been associated with early labour and premature delivery. A Danish study followed almost 60,000 pregnant women, and found that consuming just 1 diet soda per day was connected to a 38% increase in risk of early delivery.
Drinking 4 servings a day further increased that risk to a staggering 78%.
There was an association between intake of artificially sweetened carbonated and noncarbonated soft drinks and an increased risk of preterm delivery.
A stronger increase in risk was observed for early preterm and moderately preterm delivery than with late-preterm delivery. No association was observed for sugar-sweetened carbonated soft drinks.
Daily intake of artificially sweetened soft drinks may increase the risk of preterm delivery. Further studies are needed to reject or confirm these findings.
Type II diabetes is being diagnosed in more and more people in the Western world recently, and is strongly connected to obesity and specifically sugar consumption. It could therefore be anticipated that sugar-free beverages help in the control of the condition, but this does not appear to be the case.
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