In my opinion it’s the worst beverage ever . . . actually I can’t even call it a beverage, it’s poison in a can, bottle or however one purchases it and consumes it.
Chemicals/artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose, saccharine) are carcinogenic, and can increase risk for bladder cancers.
Phosphoric acid can severely deplete the calcium in bones, putting you at increased risk for osteoporosis.
Diet and regular soda both add belly fat! Doesn’t matter which you drink! Sweeteners also trick us into thinking other foods are not as sweet, thereby adding more sugar to naturally sweet foods.
Elevated blood insulin levels can lead to depression of the immune system which decreases your ability to fight disease. 75% of our immune system is in our gut. Soda kills good-guy gut flora! We need good gut body bugs in order to digest and absorb foods we eat, and help us fight disease. Too little flora and too many bad gut flora results in a plethora of allergies, even when we’ve never suffered from allergies before.
Caffeine can lead to insomnia, a stress contributor and a mind that never shuts down.