Your Diet Coke Addiction Is Wreaking Havoc on Your Heart

Rachel Krause
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Not even self-proclaimed “Diet Coke addicts” (we know a few of ’em) are delusional enough to believe that the juice is good for them—the question has always been just how bad it actually is. Truth: The only thing that separates diet soda from regular soda is the calorie count, but the difference between the two as far as the effect on your health is negligible.

So that diet soda habit you see no need to break because you’re going calorie-free? It may be even worse than we thought—even when consumed in “reasonable” serving sizes. A recent study published in the medical journal Heart (which we assure you has absolutely nothing to do with the Wilson sisters) indicates that drinking just two cans of soda per day, regardless of whether it’s diet or regular, makes you about 23 percent more likely to develop heart disease. That’s a pretty big price to pay for an afternoon energy boost.

We know: Nothing tastes as good as Diet Coke … tastes. But given all the damning evidence against it, it may be high time to wean ourselves off it. Plus, with so many tastier, healthier alternatives on the market—we’re all about the fancy flavors of DRY Soda, which is low in calories and made with pure cane sugar—the process of letting go may not be so painful after all.

MORE: ‘How I Broke My Liters-a-Day Diet Coke Addiction’