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Here’s the Way Diet Soda Can be Just as Bad For You as Crack

Here’s the Way Diet Soda Can be Just as Bad For You as Crack


Diet soda is supposed to be the healthy alternative to calorie heavy regular sodas. But, as scientists are discovering over and over again, what diet soda lacks in empty calories it makes up for in other areas of your health. Earlier research has linked the stuff to increased rates of obesity, diabetes kidney damage, fertility issues — you name it. And the latest research: How badly can diet soda damage your teeth? As it turns out, really, really badly.

Years of addiction to illicit substances like crack cocaine and crystal methamphetamine often leads to major dental problems, like decay, enamel erosion, and loss of teeth. Years of addiction to diet soda, a study recently published in the journal General Dentistry showed, has startlingly similar effects.

Dr. Mohamed Bassiouny of Temple University’s Kornberg School of Dentistry conducted research. He studied and compared the teeth of three people, one heavy meth user, one heavy crack user, and one heavy diet soda user. The doctor found that the, “intensity and extent of damage more or less the same” among the three patients. All three came from urban areas where the water is fluoridated and had similar socio-economic backgrounds.

The diet soda user, a woman in her 30s, had a two-liter-a-day habit for three to five years. Her teeth were unsalvageable, and they were removed and replaced with dentures.

You’ve probably seen those disturbing pictures of the teeth of heavy drug users. The pictures are so graphic that they’re enough to dissuade most of us from ever even trying these debilitating drugs. But legal drugs can have similar effects. Will this be enough to dissuade diet soda drinkers from their habit? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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7:23AM PDT on Aug 18, 2013


11:37PM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

artificial sweeteners aren't even real food. It's just as bad wreaking havoc inside your body as eating plastic or mesh bags.

Drink regular in moderation. 1 soda a week or month won't hurt anything.

3:55PM PDT on Jun 17, 2013

When I quit smoking I had to give up my caffeine - no more Cokes and no more coffee. Nice to know I'm healthier in more ways than just by not smoking.

2:55PM PDT on Jun 17, 2013


4:22AM PDT on Jun 10, 2013

the fake sugars used in diet sodas and drinks are also very bad for your liver.

4:07AM PDT on Jun 9, 2013

Diet soda taste bad.

10:44AM PDT on Jun 7, 2013

If someone Pigs out on 2 liters of soda etc they deserve the consequences.I've been drinking 1 can of diet coke everyday for many yrs. I'm 68 yrs old & I still have my own teeth LOL

3:00AM PDT on Jun 7, 2013

Thank you :)

7:35PM PDT on Jun 5, 2013

Honestly, how many people drink 2 liters of soda a day. Try doing the study again, with more people and more average soda habits.

8:24PM PDT on Jun 4, 2013


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