Soda, diet or otherwise, is a bad idea. According to Harvard School of Public Health, people who consumer sugary drinks regularly (i.e., one to two cans a day or more) have a 26% greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than people who don’t consume hose beverages. Another shocking statistic from Harvard is that a 22-year-long study of 80 women showed that those who drink a can of sugary soda a day have a 75% greater risk of gout than women who rarely drink sugary beverages.
Diet sodas may have a better reputation than regular, but they are still far from ideal. In fact, drinking diet soda, which often tastes sweeter than sugar due to its chemical makeup, can raise your sweet tolerance, making it nearly impossible to enjoy the natural sweetness of something like a banana or a peach. Regardless, both diet and regular sodas have been linked to obesity, kidney damage, and certain cancers. If you’re craving something carbonated, go for a sparkling mineral water with a squeeze of lemon or lime.