Diet soda often seems like the healthier option compared to regular soda, but what the ingredients do inside of your body may surprise you. We took a look at what goes into diet soda and broke down all of the ingredients because we believe that the more you know, the better choices you’ll make!
For the most part, carbonated water isn’t bad for you. It is equally as hydrating as regular water. There is concern over calcium loss from your bones due to the acidity of the beverage.
There is some belief that consuming food dyes leads to ADHD in children. At this point, the evidence is non-conclusive but it is still something to be aware of.
Aspartame & Sucralose (Artificial Sweeteners)
This ingredient confuses your body. Your tongue can taste artificial sweeteners, but your body cannot break down the molecules which creates a substance that is sweet and zero calories. Too good to be true? We think so. Artificial sweeteners are sweeter than regular sugar. If you adjust your taste buds to this level of sweet, you are less likely to enjoy the natural sweeteners found in healthy fruit.
Preservatives are used to maintain the color and flavor of diet soda to prolong the shelf life of the product.
Phosphoric acid: In high doses, phosphoric acid may cause health concerns such as blurred vision, eroding teeth enamel, and gastrointestinal problems. There is a very small amount of phosphoric acid added to soda to prevent molding.
Potassium Benzoate: This molecule, in the presence of Vitamin C, undergoes a reaction that produces a cancer-accelerating molecule, benzene, inside of your body.
Potassium Citrate: This preservative helps balance the acidity of the other ingredients.
Citric Acid: This ingredient gives soda the tangy tart flavors as well as extends the shelf life of the beverage.
Caffeine is safe in small doses up to 400 milligrams (there is about 100 milligrams in one cup of coffee). Consuming larger amounts of coffee may cause side effects such as upset stomach, fast heart beat, muscle tremors, and restlessness.