Diet soda may not be the healthy alternative that you thought it was. Recent studies show there's more to it than you think, and we have a couple things you should know before you grab your favorite no calorie soda.
We think of diet soda as kind of a cheat, a way to get around consuming calories while still getting your soda, but as it turns out, there is actually some stuff you need to know.
Even though diet soda has no calories, experts say it won't help you lose weight. Researchers at the University of Texas found that over a decade, diet soda drinkers had a 70 percent greater increase to their waistlines compared with non-drinkers.
Why? Well, your body processes artificial sweeteners like sugar and so you still gain weight.
Part of it might also be psychological, you might justify eating less healthy foods because you had a diet drink.
Other studies conclude there is also a greater risk for Type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease and for women osteoporosis.
This one's true for both diet and regular soda, a recent study links soda consumption to higher incidence of depression.
Though the study can't pinpoint why, it could be something to think about
So what should you drink? It's simple, stick to water.