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Drink Diet Coke often? Here’s what it does to your body in just a single hour

While Diet Coke has been marketed as a healthier alternative to its red-canned counterpart, studies have shown that the seemingly-innocuous beverage may be doing more damage than previously thought.
Some avid soda drinkers have made the switch to Diet Coke for its sugar-free claims, but pharmacist Niraj Naik argues that that choice may have been made in vain. In the infographic below, Naik, also known as The Renegade Pharmacist, explains the adverse effects diet soda may have on the body — all within the hour after the first sip.
1. Within the first 10 minutes …
At this point, the aspartame in the diet soda has successfully tricked the brain into thinking that sugar has been consumed. A study from Purdue University suggests that repeated consumption of artificial sweeteners could potentially confuse the body’s ability to process sugar or manage caloric intake properly.
The citric and phosphoric acids commonly found in soft drinks can also lead to tooth enamel erosion, as evidenced by this study from the University of Bristol Dental School’s Division of Restorative Dentistry.
2. After 20 minutes …
According to Naik, your body goes into “fat storage mode” at this point, producing insulin to regulate blood sugar levels. As a result of regular consumption of diet soda, your body is at a high risk of developing an array of health issues, including chronic kidney disease, obesity, incident metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes.
3. After 40 minutes …
At this stage, Naik warns about the addictive properties diet soft drinks possess, likening the temporary high produced by aspartame and caffeine to that of cocaine. A study from the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis Department of Psychiatry notes that excitatory neurotoxins (excitotoxins) repeatedly stimulate the brain’s neuroreceptors, eventually dulling their sensitivity and possibly causing severe damage.
4. After 60 minutes and beyond …
The lasting effects of regular diet soda intake are largely dependent on your eating habits. Naik posits that drinking mass quantities of diet soft drinks means lessened consumption of more nutritionally valuable and hydrating beverages. Further, the fallacious notion that these types of drinks are healthy may lead to the consumption of an unhealthy snack — such as chips or cake — under that misinformed justification.
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