Many individuals have turned to diet sodas as a way to quench their thirst for carbonation–without having to consume the calories and high-fructose corn syrup found in “regular” soda. Unfortunately, there are many questions about the safety of the artificial sweeteners used in diet soda–and sugar substitutes in “regular” soda. Can drinking soda cause permanent harm to the human body?
When it comes to diet sodas, negative effects such as weight gain, heart disease and diabetes have been hinted at in the past. A research team from Boston University School of Medicine has published two studies that indicate drinking large amounts of diet soda (or regular soda) could be disastrous for the human brain.
The first study–which analyzed the effects of diet soda–was published recently in the journal Stroke, while the study on the effects of sugary beverages was published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia.
In the study on diet beverages, the team reviewed data that was collected through an expansive, multi-generational Heart Study. In their review, the team discovered diet soda consumption was linked to a higher risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It also increased risk of having a stroke.
Sugar-sweetened soda didn’t do much better. Higher consumption of regular soda was associated with “the presence of markers pre-clinical Alzheimer’s disease,” such as “reduced total brain volume” and “poor episodic memory.”
The findings are enough to scare people into thinking twice before drinking soda. Whether it’s diet or regular, you may be drinking a “time bomb.” What else will be uncovered after more studies are done on the negative effects of the beverage that may drive the cost of healthcare “through the roof” one day?