Diet Soda: Worst Food of All Time?

Image courtesy of Creative Commons.Image courtesy of Creative Commons.Written by Melanie Kozlan, Four Green Steps.com


Planet Green recently wrote a feature on the Top 10 Worst Foods, declaring diet soft drink as the number one worst food of all time- and with good reason. They attribute diet soda to be the worst of their list since it has all of the same problems as regular soda, but with the added health risks associated with aspartame. The list of health issues associated with aspartame is not a short one:

  • anxiety attacks;
  • binge-eating and sugar cravings;
  • birth defects;
  • blindness;
  • brain tumors;
  • chest pain;
  • depression;
  • dizziness;
  • epilepsy;
  • fatigue;
  • headaches and migraines;
  • hearing loss;
  • heart palpitations;
  • hyperactivity;
  • insomnia;
  • joint pain;
  • learning disabilities;
  • PMS;
  • muscle cramps;

Not to mention the affects that can be similar to the following diseases:

  • Alzheimer's disease,
  • chronic fatigue syndrome,
  • epilepsy,
  • Epstein-Barr virus,
  • Huntington's chorea,
  • hypothyroidism,
  • Lou Gehrig's disease;
  • Lyme disease,
  • Ménière's disease,
  • multiple sclerosis, and postpolio syndrome.