But think again. In fact, they could stimulate your appetite and make you gain weight. They also have ingredients that in high doses have been linked to DNA damage, hyperactivity, and bone fractures. Women and girls who regularly drink these drinks increase their risk of osteoporosis in later life. And a study by the American College of Cardiology connected drinking two or more diet sodas a day with an increased risk of heart attacks. The fizz in your soda can affect your nerves, according to researchers at the University of Southern California. They found the carbon dioxide in fizzy drinks sets off the same pain sensors in the nose as mustard and horseradish, potentially invoking a stress response in the body. The can proclaims your diet drink to be Lite, Slimline or Sugar Free, which all sounds enticing — but did you know it could also contain chemicals found in rust remover? Many fizzy drinks contain phosphoric acid, which is used to restore rusty metals. It is also used to remove hard water stains and mineral deposits.
The main culprit in these drinks that leads to decay is the acid content. Would you vomit from the sugar, if not for the phosphoric acid in Coke? A study reported that orange juice and sports drinks also reduce the surface hardness of tooth enamel, but a cola reduced more—the dentin, surface enamel and two additional dental components. The type of acid in the soda, level of soda and calcium content are also factors. So we pulled the ingredients of a Diet Coke right off of its bottle: carbonated water, caramel color, aspartame, phosphoric acid, potassium citrate, natural flavors, citric acid, and caffeine. For more nutritional secrets that’ll help you drop pounds, check out The Truth About Calories. If you still choose to drink soda, diet soda, sugar-free drinks, or juices here are some other tips to lessen tooth decay: Drink your soda or acidic beverages through a straw to minimize contact with teeth Rinse with water immediately after consumption of the beverage Avoid brushing your teeth between 30 minutes to an hour after drinking the beverage as this has been shown to spread the acids before your saliva can bring your mouth back to a neutral pH Avoid drinks that have acids listed on the ingredients label Still have questions about soda, sugar, and acid? The thing is to enjoy everything in moderation. However, I think that people need correct information to be able to make informed decisions about their Coke-drinking habits, so this is an attempt to provide that. However, we should be trying to get that message across without resorting to sensationalising the facts, and making up extra ones to increase page views.
Root beer could be the safest soft drink for your teeth, new research suggests, but many other popular diet and sugared sodas are nearly as corrosive to dental enamel as battery acid. Prolonged exposure to soft drinks can lead to significant enamel loss, even though many people consider soft drinks to be harmless or just worry about their sugar content and the potential for putting on pounds, the study says. The erosive potential of colas is 10 times that of fruit juices in just the first three minutes of drinking, a study last year showed. The study measured the acidity, or pH, of 20 commercial soft drinks, including Coke, Pepsi, 7 Up and their diet versions, immediately after cans were opened. Then slices of enamel from freshly extracted teeth were weighed before and after being immersed in the soft drinks for 48 hours. Other sodas brought about losses in the enamel weight in the range of 1. Cherry Coke was found to be the next most acidic pH of 2.