The results of a recent study was reported to the American College of Cardiology. In that study, middle aged women who consumed more than two diet sodas per day may be setting themselves up for heart attacks, stoke, and other cardiovascular diseases. The data on 60,000 women found that consuming 2 or more diet sodas or juices a day were 30% more likely to develop cardiovascular problems and 50% more likely to die from a heart-related disease. This is in comparison to women who rarely or never drank diet beverages. The findings persisted even when researchers adjusted for smoking, BMI, hormone therapy, physical activity, diabetes, high blood pressure and other risks of cardiovascular disease.
How does this relate to your Oral health? The measure of acidity and alkalinity in a person is called the pH. This is a standard measure in chemistry based on a 14 point scale. Neutral is 7 with acids below and alkalines above. Once the body gets used to the sweetener substitutes, it treats them just like sugar, forming acid. And disease only forms in an ACIDIC system. When we see teeth that have decay or “white demineralized” spots, we know the system is ACIDIC.
Not only is your oral health affected, but researchers at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center found a 70% greater increase in weight circumference in those who drank diet soda compared to those who didn’t.
My bottom line – no acid, no disease!