Diet Sodas; Healthy or Dangerous?
The sugar in diet sodas is substituted with either aspartame (Nutra-Sweet), sucralose (Splenda), saccharine, acesulfame potassium (Sweet One), sugar alcohol, stevia, or a combination of some of the above, not to mention all the artificial colors and flavors, caffeine, sodium, preservatives, and phosphoric acid and phosphorous.
The last two are linked to draining calcium from bones and hence increasing the risk of osteoporosis, and with the loss of kidney function. Some more consequences of drinking diet sodas could be head and muscle aches, gastrointestinal problems, pre-diabetes, and tooth decay.
A misconception is that diet sodas will result in weight loss, but the opposite is the case; an increase of 41% for obesity is more likely as studies have shown. The explanation given is that the sweeteners trick your body into thinking it digested sugar which triggers it to release insulin. This can lead to a sugar craving and eating more.
Drinking four 8-ounce servings over the course of a week is perfectly fine, but overdoing it puts you at risk. Keep in mind that there are some healthy and even cheaper alternatives around which are just as tasty such as pure water, mineral water, (green) tea, 100% fruit juice, and skimmed milk.
I am sure there are some more questionable diet products out there and since two know more then one, it would be wise, before buying them, to do some research and gather up information and recommendations.
There is wisdom in the counsel of many, but the best counsel still comes from God and it would be wise, before acting, to resort to prayers and wait for God's guidance and leadership!
"Listen to counsel and receive instruction, That you may be wise in your latter days. There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the LORD’s counsel—that will stand."