Diet drinks are popular among those who want to enjoy the taste of their favorite beverage but without all the calories. Most people think no calories means the drink must be healthy. But while the calories are missing, many other serious health risks still exist. Diet drinks are often full of artificial sweeteners and ingredients not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Here are some significant health risks associated with drinking diet beverages.
Contrary to popular belief, drinking diet soda causes weight gain. According to a recent nine year study, adults who drank diet soda continued to gain weight over the years. The study went on to state that drinking diet soda everyday increases the risk of becoming obese within the next decade by sixty five percent. Another study found a link between diet soda and an increase in metabolic syndrome, which may lead to diabetes and heart disease.