Many people accept diet sodas and diet aerated drinks as healthy, weight-friendly beverages. Diet drinks are not too high on calories, but regular consumption is not the way to get healthy.
Any food which contains chemicals and artificial elements is best avoided. Such foods should never become a regular part of one’s diet. Some of the reported drawbacks from the contents found in diet sodas:
Aspartame– linked to brain and nerve damage
Cyclamates– found to cause cancer in lab rats, and was thus banned in some countries
Saccharin– may cause sulfa allergies and has possible carcinogenic properties when consumed in very large amounts
Sucralose– possible side effects include migraine, cravings and thus weight gain
Acesulfame potassium– relatively few drawbacks however studies on lab rats have shown to cause certain forms of tumors
After a hard workout one needs high quality nutrition to fill up their energy reserves and recover faster. Diet soda offers no nutrition at all to build muscle, recharge energy levels, or to increase fat burning. Dr. Vaibhav Gupta, Consultant Gastroenterology Dept at Rockland Hospital, says that concerns have been raised that diet sodas may lead to cancers if taken for long durations and multiple studies are being conducted to ascertain the same.