Even though diet soda contains zero calories, it is still not a very healthy choice. The ingredients in a typical can of diet soda includes:

  • Aspartame
  • Phosphoric acid
  • Potassium benzoate
  • Caramel color

Aspartame is arguable the most unhealthy food additive there is. It is an excitotoxin, meaning it has the potential to overstimulate and damage the brain. Phosphoric acid is a chemical that erodes tooth enamel. Potassium benzoate combines with vitamin C and sodium in the body to create benzene, which has been linked to several major health issues including aggravation of ADHD, and an amplification of asthma symptoms.

Lastly we have caramel color. While this chemical seems rather harmless, it features 4-methylimidazole which has been shown to increase cancer in mice.

So next time you’re thirsty, pass on the diet soda and have some water.