The Pros and Cons of Diet Drinks

In researching information for this webpage, I was able to find A LOT of opinions on the benefits and problems posed by diet drinks. I did, however, find some information that appeared to be factual. Follows is that information.

PROS
Diabetics are able to enjoy diet soft drinks because they do not contain sugar.

Dieters, on the Adkins Diet and similiar types, wanting to use soft drinks can use diet drinks because they have very little carbohydrates due to the absence of sugar.

The results of an experiment showed that the sugar from one regular, non-diet soft drink was able to impede the white blood cells’ ability neutralize bacteria for seven hours. Use of diet drinks would not lead to this problem.

CONS
About ten percent of the population seems to be allergic to pencillin. Allergic symptoms include hives, angioedema, or anaphylaxis upon ingestion of penicillin. Some of these hives and anaphylactic symptoms have been actually been traced back to penicillin trace levels in soft drinks.

Many factors have been suggested as a cause of osteoporosis such as: Low calcium intake, high phosphorus intake, high-protein diet, high acid diet, high salt intake, and trace mineral deficiencies. Because of these factors, it seems that increased soft drink consumption is a major contributor to osteoporosis.

A suspicion exists that diet drinks have long been suspected of leading to lower blood calcium levels and higher phosphate levels. When blood phosphate is high and blood calcium levels is low, calcium is then taken from the bones to balance. Diet drinks contain high phosphate content and they contain almost no calcium.

Diet soft drink consumption in children poses a significant risk factor the growth of bones.

Diet soft drink consumption may be a major factor for osteoporosis. The United States of America is first among countries for diet soft drink consumption with the highest per capita consumption.