Diet drinks are popular with not just adults but also kids and teenagers who opt for them because they think that these diet sodas with zero or less sugar are better for them. But according to a new research by George Washington University Children, children and teens who consume low-calorie sweetened beverages actually end up taking in more calories in a day compared with those who drink water. In the study published in the journal Pediatric Obesity, it was found that drinking low-calorie sweetened beverages such as a diet soda, made the kids take in extra calories from added sugars in foods and beverages compared with water drinkers. This defeats the whole purpose of avoiding calories and preventing weight gain by drinking diet sodas.

While this study was conducted on kids and teens, similar observations have been reported in the case of adults as well. Did you know that your chances of suffering from a stroke can increase if you drink diet sodas regularly especially if you are in the post-menopausal stage? The study, published in the journal Stroke says that the risk is more for women who consumed two or more artificially sweetened beverages per day were 23 per cent more likely to have a stroke, 31 per cent more likely to have ischemic stroke, and 29 per cent were at risk of developing heart disease (fatal or non-fatal heart attack). In addition, there was a 16 per cent risk of deaths from any cause. The risk of stroke more than doubled in women without previous heart disease or diabetes and obese women without previous heart disease or diabetes.

Diet sodas made with artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes like aspartame, sucralose, saccharine, neotame, advantame and acesulfame potassium-k can make the gut microbes toxic. This massively damages the digestive system. Often, people who want to lose weight go on a low carbohydrate diet and also resort to diet drinks. But this can actually make you put on weight because you tend to eat more food. You feel hungrier because your body thinks it doesn’t have enough energy.