risks of diet soda

  1. Soda can give you 'meth mouth'

    How soda damages teeth

    Ever see a meth head? Some of these junkies look like extras from "The Walking Dead." They've got crazy eyes, blotchy skin full of marks and sores, and hair that falls out in clumps.

    But the worst part of all is when they open their mouths and show off whatever's left of their teeth.

    The look is so distinctive -- and so horrific -- docs even have a name for it: meth mouth.

    Why am I telling you all this? Because you could get a meth mouth yourself even if you've never touched the drug (or auditioned for "The Walking Dead").

    Turns out being a soda junkie is almost as bad as being an actual junk junkie -- at least when it comes to your teeth, according to a recent report in the journal General Dentistry.

    One woman with a two-liter-a-day soda habit and poor dental hygiene had pretty much all the signs of meth mouth, minus the actual meth. No surprise, since soda -- both regular and diet -- is highly acidic.

    Constant exposure to those acids can cause dark stains and erosion and leave your teeth so leathery you could almost make a wallet out of them. And yes, that's pretty much the same damage we see in "meth mouth."

    Obviously, this is an extreme case (although not as extreme as you'd think). But you don't have to drink two liters a day to take the bite off your own fangs. Any soda habit will do the trick -- and while it may not give you a true case of "meth mouth" it'll still do a number on your teeth.

    So skip the soda, both diet and regular. (Besides, there are DOZENS of other reasons to drop that poison in a can anyway. Just take a look.)

    And if you really want a mouth full of the freshest, cleanest, sharpest, toughest, strongest teeth around, be sure to care for them the Douglass Way: Make your own toothpaste with a blend of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Work it in with your fingertips and rinse with the peroxide -- just be sure to spit, not swallow, and don't forget to floss.

    Yes, it really is that easy -- in fact, if you follow my plan, your dentist will stop giving you advice... and start asking you for it!

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  2. Diet soda increases diabetes risk

    No calories, more risk

    No sugar... no calories... MORE risk. Try building a diet soda campaign around that!

    Of course, you're not going to see that taste of truth-in-advertising on your TV anytime soon -- but that's the ugly reality as new research confirms these drinks will make you more likely to get one of the very diseases they're supposed to help you avoid: diabetes.

    And it doesn't take much to raise that risk.

    Just three diet sodas a week -- 50 lousy (and I do mean lousy) ounces -- will cause your disease risk to shoot up by 59 percent when compared to drinking regular sugar-sweetened soda.

    Think you're safe because you drink even less than that?

    Think again!

    Just a single diet soda a week will boost your odds of a diabetes diagnosis by 15 percent, according to the study of roughly 66,000 middle-aged French women tracked for nearly 15 years.

    Now, if you like to blame everything on sugar, this might not make sense. But there's something in diet sodas that's worse than sugar and even worse than high-fructose corn syrup.

    It's aspartame, the chemical sweetener linked to everything from headaches to cancer -- and I'm convinced it's the reason diet soda drinkers are actually more likely to GAIN weight, not lose it.
    But if you think the message here is to slurp sugary sodas instead of diet, you're missing the point -- because soda in any form can increase your risk of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.

    In the new study, just 20 ounces a week of any type of soda -- diet or regular -- doubled the risk of diabetes when compared to no soda at all.

    So make THAT your real goal: no soda at all.

    Try coffee, tea, seltzer, raw milk, or even wine and beer -- in moderation -- instead. All of these things will slash your disease risk, not boost it.

    And for my money, every last one of them tastes better, too.

  3. Weight loss soda? Don't believe the hype!

    A new Pepsi soft drink is supposed to help people lose weight -- but one look at the ingredients shows this soda is just as bad as all the others.

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