Like you and me, diet soda has a dirty secret. While your scandals tend to fall more into categories like My Shoes are Really From Target, diet soda’s is something far more filthy.
Sure, it can up your energy levels and its calorie count is pretty to look at, but it’s pretty much poison in a can – and you’re better than that, cupcake.
Know the facts
Diet soda contains an artificial sweetener known as aspartame, which is broken down into phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol (P.S. When ingested, methanol converts to formaldehyde in the body – an embalming fluid and dangerous neurotoxin. Sick.)
For those who are eyeing the low-calorie intake, emerging research has shown artificial sweeteners actually confuse our taste buds and set the human body up for cravings. A study at the University of Texas Health Science Center conducted on 1,500 people between the ages of 25 and 64, found that for each diet soda consumed per day, the risk of obesity rose by 41 percent. Since its highly argued approval by the FDA in 1974, aspartame has triggered reports of more than 92 negative side effects including: memory loss, joint pain, headaches, nervous system disorders, food cravings, mental confusion, nerve cell damage, migraines and Alzheimer’s. Sounds like a Cialis commercial, huh? Highly acid- forming, it can even make you more prone to illness – and no, not because of one too many rum and DCs you sucked down with your pretty little face.
Aspartame victim support groups have popped up, physicians have written books about its dangers and studies in other countries have even linked it to a higher risk of cancer. Pointing to a slew of lawsuits, states like New Mexico and Hawaii have even tried to get it banned from the state.
Another thing? Diet soda may have zero calories, but is also has zero nutritional value. No bueno.
The Alternatives: Sip on These
Zevia All-Natural Zero Calorie Soda. Zevia contains only pure ingredients, with no artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors. It satisfies your thirst with zero calories, zero net carbs and little to no sodium. Plus, it’s sweetened with Stevia (doesn’t contain aspartame). Comes in flavors like orange, cola, twist, root beer and black cherry. Available at Whole Foods, health food stores and some regular grocery stores. www.zevia.com
Dry Soda. This soda option doesn’t only titillate our love for design in an über modern bottle, but it’s all-natural, flavored with fruit, flower and herb extracts. Each bottle contains only 45 to 70 calories and is sweetened with a small dose of pure cane sugar. Available at Whole Foods and other health food stores. Check the Web site for specific locations in your area. www.drysoda.com
Izze Sparkling Juice. If it’s the taste you’re looking for, Izze contains pure fruit juice, no refined sugars, caffeine or preservatives, and no artificial colors or flavors. It is low in calories and comes in delicious flavors like pomegranate, peach, apple, Clementine, grapefruit and blueberry. Available at major retailers like Whole Foods, Target and Starbuck’s Coffee. www.izze.com
Mama always told me I was never good at keeping secrets. Whoops.