Hey Diet Coke,
We’ve been through a lot together. You’ve comforted me in times of stress. You’ve gone to Girls Night Out and the movies with me. You’ve given me energy when I was feeling sluggish. You’ve been with me at the celebrations, and you’ve been with me when I’m sad.
But lately, I’ve been hearing things about you that I don’t like. Friends have been telling me about some of the things you’ve been doing to me, and I don’t like it.
You broke your promise.
When I first started with you, Diet Coke, I thought you’d help me lose weight and stay skinny. In fact, some studies show that drinking diet soda may increase the incidence of obesity and/or prevent you from losing weight.
You’re going to rot my teeth.
With a pH of 3.2, diet soda is very acidic. (As a point of reference, the pH of battery acid is 1. Water is 7.) The acid is what readily dissolves enamel, and just because a soda is diet doesn’t make it acid-light. Adults who drink three or more sodas a day have worse dental health, says a University of Michigan analysis of dental checkup data. Soda drinkers had far greater decay, more missing teeth, and more fillings.
You’re going to make me look older.
Soda is made up of a number of acidic chemicals. It is one of the most acidic substances humans ingest. The acids in diet soda demineralize the bones and teeth, and can lead to fractures and osteoporosis. Acid in the body also can lead to a number of health conditions such as inflammation and corrosion of body tissue. When your body is overly acidic your skin will not be as beautiful or youthful.
You hang around with a bad crowd.
You run around with a bad crowd, Diet Coke. I’m addicted to the energy that I get from your friend, Caffeine. Caffeine also excessively taxes the liver and can hamper its ability to cleanse and filter toxins from the body. Additionally, caffeine can trigger stress hormones, which can result in chronic stress and weight gain. Caffeine is also a diuretic, which dehydrates the body. And Caffeine is artificial stimulant and addictive substance. It’s best to avoid Caffeine in all its forms, particularly diet soda.
I’m also addicted to the sweetness of your friend, Aspartame. Aspartame may contain fewer calories than sugar, however, the toxic sweetener has the potential to cause serious damage to the nervous system and in the worst case scenarios can be fatal. They trick my metabolism into thinking sugar is on its way. This causes my body to pump out insulin, the fat storage hormone, which lays down more belly fat. Aspartame also confuses and slows my metabolism down, so I burn less calories every day. Aspartame also makes me hungrier and crave even more sugar and starchy carbs like bread and pasta.
You’re probably going to give me a heart attack.
A study at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine4 showed that people who drank diet soda daily had a 61 percent increased risk of a cardiovascular event. The study followed more than 2,500 participants for about nine years, during which 559 vascular events occurred. Even accounting for age and other risk factors, the risk with diet soda consumption appeared to be at least 48 percent higher. With that kind of risk, why should I stay with you?
You are bad for my kidneys.
I also recently learned that you might be bad for my kidneys. In an 11-year-long Harvard Medical School study of more than 3,000 women, researchers found that diet cola is associated with a two-fold increased risk for kidney decline. Kidney function started declining when women drank more than two sodas a day. Even more interesting: Since kidney decline was not associated with sugar-sweetened sodas, researchers suspect that the diet sweeteners are responsible. Oh great, your friend Aspartame strikes again.
You are filling me with toxic chemicals.
You contain all kinds of chemicals that add to my body’s toxic burden, lowering my immunity, contributing to inflammation. There’s no reason I should put up with this – especially when I have other options.
I know we’ve been together for a long time, Diet Coke. But I’ve come to realize that you’re just no good for me. I care about myself too much to let you continue ruining my life.
So, we’re through. Starting on Monday, I won’t see you any more. And I have a group of friends who are checking up on me to make sure that I don’t get tempted to get back with you – even for one night.
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