8 Foods that Actually Damage Your Kidneys

6. Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners, such as those found in diet sodas, were meant to reduce our dependence on unhealthy sugar, but it hasn’t worked out that way. Studies show that using products with artificial sweetener doesn’t actually lower our overall consumption of sugar. This could be a factor of a kind of psychological justification we tend to make – “I chose diet soda with lunch, so it’s okay to eat a couple of brownies with dinner.”

Research has also concluded that just two diet sodas per day will result in a decline in kidney function. Really, it’s best to break the soda habit all together. If you are still looking for a better substitute for sugar, try all-natural stevia or honey.