10 Reasons You Should Never Drink Soda (Slideshow)
Aspartame, found in most diet sodas, is typically used as the sugar substitute, which ironically is more harmful than sugar: aspartame may be incredibly toxic, and has been associated with everything from cancer (in a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives) to mood disorders (in a study published in Biological Psychology).
Forget about beer belly, you can also get diet soda belly. Researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center studied 475 adults over ten years. They noted a 70 percent increase in waist circumference compared to non-soda drinkers. Those who consumed two or more diet sodas daily resulted in a whopping 500 percent increase in weight size.
You think switching from soda cans to plastic soda bottles is better? Think again. Plastic soda bottles and unrecycled plastic caps cause widespread damage to sea and wildlife, especially birds. The "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" is a mass of plastic debris in the Pacific Ocean and is responsible for thousands of animals dying each year unnecessarily, due to human ignorance.
Artificial sweeteners do not break down in the body. So what happens? It enters water supplies. Scientists in Switzerland tested waste water treatment plants, rivers, lakes and found alarming levels of sucralose, saccharin and acesulfame K.