Artificially sweetened diet soda is widely used as a low or zero-calorie alternative to regular sugar-sweetened beverages. While it may seem like a healthier choice, a growing body of evidence shows that artificially sweetened diet sodas aren’t any better than their regular sugar alternatives.
Although diet soda may offer a short term reduction in calories, artificial sweeteners commonly found in diet sodas – like aspartame, sucralose, saccharine, neotame, advantame, and acesulfame potassium-k – have been linked to serious health problems and can be toxic to the brain. In fact, studies show that individuals who drink diet soda regularly are more likely to have chronically high insulin levels, compromised gut microbiomes, and nearly double the risk of developing metabolic syndrome (a cluster of conditions that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes) than those that don’t.
So, is diet soda actually more dangerous than sugar-sweetened beverages? Let’s take a closer look.