Is Diet Soda Bad for You? (Should I Drink Diet Coke for Weight Loss?)

You asked for it: it's now time to learn all about diet soda.

There’s one question we get asked more than any other: “Is diet soda bad for me?

People want to know if Diet Coke will make them fat and make them sick, or if it’s all just a bunch of hoopla about nothing.  

We help our clients navigate challenges with soda (diet or not) in our 1-on-1 Online Coaching Program, and we’re gonna tell you everything you need about diet soda below.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

Let’s get right to it!

Does Drinking Diet Soda Lead to Weight Gain?

How much of this Diet Coke, should you drink, if any?

Does drinking diet soda make you fat?

No, it does not.[1] 

It would be super evil if it did, what with the whole “diet” thing and all.

Diet sodas utilize “high-intensity sweeteners” which is a fancy term for very-low-calorie (or zero-calorie) sugar substitutes:

  • Acesulfame Potassium
  • Advantame
  • Aspartame
  • Monk Fruit Extract 
  • Neotame
  • Saccharin
  • Sucralose
  • Stevia 

The FDA has approved these eight high-intensity sweeteners for human consumption.[2] You’ll find them in all sorts of food products, not just diet drinks. 

Because high-intensity sweeteners are many times sweeter than table sugar, you can make a drink taste “sweet” without including any sugar at all. 

Most important, without the sugar, you’re skipping out on all the calories that come with it.

Weight loss depends on consuming fewer calories than you burn, so drinking Diet Coke compared to regular Coke can help tip the equation in favor of “weight loss.”

  • 12 oz Diet Coke total calorie count: 0
  • 12 oz Coca-Cola total calorie count: 150

If you’re trying to lose weight, but love fizzy carbonated and caffeinated beverages, the soda with fewer calories seems like a no-brainer.

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“Steve, hold the phone here! Are you saying Diet Coke is okay to drink? I thought the sweeteners and chemicals in it were sketchy!?!”

The concern of drinking diet soda generally rests on three points:

  1. Drinking diet soda will make you crave real sugar.
  2. Your body processes high-intensity sweeteners just like actual sugar.
  3. Artificial sweeteners (like aspartame) can make you sick or cause cancer.

We’ll hit each of these points with its own section below.

Before we continue, I need to make a strong caveat: most studies on diet soda treat all high-intensity sweeteners as one.[3] This is concerning considering there are eight approved high-intensity sweeteners in use.

Does your body process all eight the same? 

I get it Barney, this diet soda stuff is a bit confusing.

Some early studies on various sweeteners do show our bodies process them differently.[4]

More studies are being done on individual high-intensity sweeteners as we speak, so expect new information on the subject to unfold.

For now…

Will Drinking Diet Soda Make Me Crave Actual Sugar?

Does diet soda make you crave actual sugar?

If you eat a bunch of sugary and sweet food regularly, your body can start to crave more of it.[5]

In other words, consistently eating sugary foods in the afternoon can result in an urge for sweets after lunch. 

These cravings can make it difficult to turn down the bowl of M&M’s as you pass Debra’s desk (She’s even got the peanut kind!).

If you eat a lot of candy, you'll soon want to "feed" this craving.

The question becomes, do the high-intensity sweeteners found in diet soda make us crave sugary foods?

The research on this isn’t clear: 

  • Studies done on rats have shown a positive correlation between high-intensity sweeteners and sugar cravings.[6]
  • A 2019 meta-analysis found two studies where aspartame was added directly to the diets of humans. The result? Those who consumed the high-intensity sweeteners found their sugar craving to be LOWER.[7]

There might be something to the thought that drinking a Diet Coke can help satisfy the sugar craving.

As long as you remember: “correlation doesn’t prove causation!” 

Anecdotally, many of our coaching clients claim that grabbing a diet soda helps them from drinking the regular sugar-filled version. This can be really important, because “cravings” are one of the top issues facing most of our clients.

Which is why we work closely to identify possible food addictions in our 1-on-1 Online Coaching Program, so we can start to work through them together. Our strategy is to take it slow, to make small changes to alter these cravings. Over time, this is the best way to see real progress. 

If you’d like to learn how we can help battle sugar cravings, click below:


Does My Body Process Artificial Sweeteners Just like Sugar?

It's time to learn if our hormones treat high-intensity sweeteners like they would regular sugar.

Another concern of drinking diet soda rests on the idea that your body processes high-intensity sweeteners as it would normal sugar.

The argument states that these sweeteners are so sweet that they fool your body into thinking it’s consuming actual sugar. 

After drinking diet soda, your body responds as it would after consuming normal table sugar: by dumping out insulin. This slows down the fat-burning process.

That’s the gist of it, more or less.

Is it true?

Do high-intensity sweeteners trick our bodies into releasing hormones (insulin)?

Again, the studies on this are mixed:

  • The high-intensity sweeteners sucralose and saccharin were both shown to provide a small insulin response in men.[8] 
  • Aspartame does not appear to elicit the same hormone response.[9] 

Verdict?

I'd say don't stress too much on the insulin response of diet drinks.

This isn’t a HUGE deal. Of all the things to worry about with regards to weight loss or getting healthy, this doesn’t hold the top spot on the list.

While hormones do play a role in weight loss, the main determining factor will always be an energy balance (calories in vs. calories out).

Since most diet sodas have next to zero calories, I’d say the insulin response of high-intensity sweeteners isn’t that important for your weight loss journey.

There are far better targets in the quest to eat healthy, like eating lots of vegetables and eating enough protein at every meal.

Can Drinking Diet Soda Cause Cancer? (Is Aspartame or Saccharin Dangerous?)

Are the ingredients in Diet Coke sketchy? Let's find out!

The other concern people have about diet soda is that it will cause cancer and kill them and everyone they know.

A little hyperbolic perhaps, but…

Should we be worried about the ingredients of diet soda causing us harm?

Some history is in order:

In the 70s a high-intensity sweetener (saccharin) was shown to give rats cancer.[10] People flipped out and actually banned saccharin in America, although it’s since been reintroduced.

Why the reintroduction? 

Because no cancer link has ever been shown for the human consumption of saccharin. And folks have looked.[11] A lot.[12] 

Not everything that is cancerous to rats is harmful to people, and vice versa. 

Plus, you would have to drink 800 cans of diet soda to get to the levels of saccharin given to the rats in the study.

Even an all-night binge of Call of Duty would only put a small fraction of a dent in that.

Diet Coke is a notorious aid in the late-night gaming world.

How about aspartame or any of these other high-intensity sweeteners…

Are they sketchy?

Earlier I stated the FDA, the United States’ regulation agency, approved eight high-intensity sweeteners.

They aren’t the only agency that has done so. Australia, the EU, Japan, and Canada have all reviewed and approved these sweeteners.[13] They did so after a thorough investigation. 

Despite looking for issues, regulating agencies have found no harm in high-intensity sweeteners.

So it’s safe to say that high-intensity sweeteners are okay to be used in a reasonable amount.

This brings up the question…

How Many Diet Sodas Can I Have in a Day?

Can you drink an entire 2 liter in a day? More than one? Let's find out!

While the sweeteners in diet soda have been approved safe for human consumption, there is a limit to this approval.[14] But I won’t make you pore over charts and do the math…I’ll do that for you.

What’s the number of 12-ounce diet sodas deemed safe in a day?

18.

Which is A LOT of diet soda. 

However, it should be noted that diet soda is not the only place high-intensity sweeteners are found. 

Many other food products utilize these sweeteners to cut back on sugar and calories. So keep an eye on protein bars, yogurts, baked goods, etc, for hidden high-intensity sweeteners.

The other concern with drinking lots of diet soda would be the caffeine. Caffeine in moderate amounts is fine, but if you go overboard you could increase your anxiety and interfere with your sleep.[15] 

Yeah, maybe it was too much Diet Coke...

There’s about half the caffeine in Diet Coke versus a regular cup of coffee, which is still a decent amount. 

If you have trouble sleeping at night, consider how late in the day you’re having your last can of soda. Perhaps install a 2pm “caffeine cutoff” if you find yourself tossing and turning at night. 

Another problem with diet soda: most of them contain exactly zero nutrients. It’s water, some kind of sweetener (sugar or not), flavoring, coloring, and carbonation.

Drinks like coffee and tea actually have some antioxidants present, so you might be getting some benefits with these caffeinated drinks.[16] 

If you find yourself drinking lots of diet soda, consider mixing in some coffee or tea as a partial replacement. 

Sparkling water might help with the switch too, if you love those fizzy bubbles.

At this point, we should note that stopping diet soda consumption might be easier said than done.

Can You Be Addicted to Diet Soda?

Is Gollum addicted to Diet Coke AND the Ring?

Anecdotally, it does appear that drinking diet soda can be “habit forming” for some people. 

CNN explored the issue and found numerous people who consumed more than a six-pack daily, “easy.”[17]

“Addiction” is a word that gets thrown around too much these days, so I’ll stop short of making a medical classification on these folks. Plus, I searched the scientific literature and couldn’t find any studies on diet soda addiction.

However, if you stockpile Diet Coke like it’ll be currency in the post-zombie world, you’re not alone.

This “addiction” makes sense considering the beverage was designed to hijack your brain’s reward system.

Yeah, diet soda can indeed hijack your brain's reward system.

The Coca-Cola Company hires folks to find the perfect combination of:

  • Carbonation. The bubbles actually burn your tongue a little, which provides a pleasurable experience. Kind of like a good hot sauce. 
  • Sweeteners. Sure, it isn’t sugar, but your brain likes them just the same.
  • Caffeine. The jolt from caffeine will provide you a boost and raise your dopamine levels. The brain likes this.
  • Flavor. After drinking Diet Coke for some time, your brain will start to associate the flavors with carbonation, sweeteners, and caffeine. Which will make you start craving the flavor of Diet Coke. This is probably part of the reason people become brand loyal to particular diet beverages. 

How do you know if you have an addiction? If you find yourself approaching our 18 can a day safety limit, that’s definitely a sign. 

Another would be if you find diet soda interfering with your life (not sleeping after drinking Diet Coke all evening).

You don’t have to go cold turkey on this one: 

  • If you normally drink six cans of diet soda a day, try five.
  • After a month or so of this, try four.

This is the exact strategy we follow with our 1-on-1 Online Coaching clients, and it’s the most likely to succeed. 

Small changes over time are the ticket to permanent success.

Is Diet Coke Worse for You Than Regular Coke?

Are Diet Coke and normal Coke the same, health-wise?

Before you use this article as justification to start drinking a six-pack of Diet Coke a day, let’s talk about some other possible concerns.

We’ve talked about all the mechanisms in diet soda that can make it unhealthy (high-intensity sweeteners, caffeine, etc). My conclusion is that these factors are likely overblown.

However, we should acknowledge that drinking diet soda can often be linked to health issues:

  • Despite diet sodas containing low to zero calories, drinking them is correlated with obesity.[18] Is this just because people who are overweight are more likely to consume a “diet” drink? We don’t know.
  • Diet soda consumption has been associated with kidney disease.[19] Is this because of the high phosphorus content of diet soda, or because people who drink soda likely have a poorer diet than those who don’t? This has still yet to be answered.
  • Soda, even the diet version, isn’t great for your teeth.[20] Diet sodas are acidic, leading to the erosion of tooth enamel. Although to be fair, this study found the acids in orange juice more corrosive than Diet Coke.[21]

There’s an important point here: drinking regular soda is also linked to kidney disease, teeth erosion, and obesity. Even more so those last two points (because of all the sugar and calories).[22] 

So the concerns of drinking diet soda would also be found in drinking regular soda…even more so.

Drinking Diet Coke may be the lesser of two evils here. 

Is Drinking Diet Soda Bad for Weight Loss? (Next Steps)

At the end of the day, prioritize water over diet soda, but don't stress about the diet soda.

If you’re starting your weight loss journey and wondering where diet soda fits into the picture, I want you to know I’m proud of you.

You’re starting to ask questions and you’re looking for answers. This is a great first step.

If you’re trying to lose weight and currently drinking regular soda, the switch to diet would be a good move. 

You’re gonna consume fewer calories that way, critical for weight loss.

This is why one of our top recommendations to our coaching clients is to cut back on sugary drinks. 

However, if you currently drink diet soda and are trying to lose weight, there might be some better targets to shoot for:

These are far more important than an occasional Diet Coke here and there.

If you find yourself firing on all cylinders (you eat well, you strength train, you get lots of sleep), then maybe consider replacing diet soda with tea, coffee, or carbonated water. There are enough unanswered questions on consuming diet soda to warrant the switch. 

The most important thing you can do now? Commit to a change:

  • One less regular soda a day
  • One less Diet Coke a day
  • A daily walk first thing in the morning

Pick something you can track. Something with a clear “yes or no” that you can reflect on at the end of the day.

This will help you start your weight loss journey.

It's now time to take some action on your weight loss journey. You got this!

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Alright, I think that just about does it for me.

Now, your turn!

What are your experiences with diet soda? 

Did you use them as a tool to help you lose weight? 

Or did you struggle with weight loss until finally dropping diet soda out of your daily consumption as well?

Share your story in the comments!

-Steve

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Check out the rest of our sustainable weight loss content:

PSS: I want to give a hat-tip to Precision Nutrition, whose fascinating article served as the inspiration for this post. 

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172 thoughts on “Is Diet Soda Bad for You? (Should I Drink Diet Coke for Weight Loss?)

  1. So, all things artificial must be good for you!!! I’ll buy some more of that on my way to get insulin and syringes at Wal-Mart.

  2. My husband drinks so much diet coke or diet Pepsi a day that I’m worried he won’t see our two year old hit age 5. If I don’t have it in the house he goes out and buys it anyways. He also says we can’t believe every thing we see on the Internet. (Even though this all makes alot of sense.) I just wish he would get it because even though he isn’t sick yet it’s making me sick wondering what I’m going to do when I become a single parent.

  3. I’m addicted to Diet Coke and I really am waiting for an article that says – “YOUR OVERWEIGHT BECAUSE OF DIET COKE.” I don’t over eat because I drink diet coke. (ex of a big mac and large fries above) I think i really comes down to if I drink Diet Coke, I don’t drink water. And if you drink lots of water, your body releases it because it knows it will be replaced. If it is scared it doesn’t get enough water… it holds onto it. I probably have 7-10 of water on my body right now. Every time I quit diet coke and drink water only – I lose weight quickly (without changing diet) and my skin and waistline tightens up quickly.

    Anybody else experience this?

  4. I use diet ginger beer as a filling replacement for alcohol. I used to drink 2 or more glasses of wine with dinner each night and couldn’t shift the kilos, despite an otherwise healthy diet and exercise. When I stick to diet soda instead I’m finding both body weight and fat shifting fast. Although I do get the mentality that because you are doing something healthy you can give yourself a break when it comes to junk food occasionally – in reality, that’s a big fail.

  5. Diet soda does link to weight gain. When you eat/drink something sugary/tastes sugary your body will release insulin at which point your body screams “give me sugar” because it was expecting sugar and didn’t get it. So you give it sugar… just not with the diet soda. Maybe it’s not the source of sweet calories, but it for sure gets the ball rolling by tricking your body.

  6. These comments are the stupidest shit I’ve ever read in my life. Almost everyone here missed the point of the article. Diet drinks do not have harmful side effects. You dumbasses don’t understand correlation vs. causation. Some of you are just straight up hysterical and need therapy for your imaginary maladies. You people really do give human beings a bad name. It’s genuinely sad how stupid you are. Stupid to the point that I don’t understand how you dress tourselves in the morning. Jesus Wept.

  7. Read the article you fucking idiot. And your stupid ass comment doesn’t even address what the guy you replied to said. Christ you’re dumb.

  8. 25 years on diet coke still got all my teeth.
    been told by the doctor only 5% chance of heart attack or stroke.
    Draw back is can cause gout.

  9. Well. I need to lose more weight. And I was your 12 mountain dew guy. The cravings began as a thyroid condition undiagnosed for a very long time and worsened to diabetes.

    I went from 380 pounds to 250 in about a year and a half. I’m still on diet sodas but most of my sugar cravings are under control. The lure of diet sodas increases my desire for sugar by offering what I think I want and proving to my body I’m not getting it. If there is a real danger in diet sodas is that it definitely increases my appetite.

    The long and the short, I need some alternatives. I drink water mainly but it gets exhausting to have a one trick solution. Lightly sweetened green tea and coffees help but they have caffeine like what’s been mentioned. I’m at my wits end. I probably have another year before I am in a normal weight range.

  10. I do not drink very much Coke and Pepsi anymore. Fist of all, the diet beverages taste like crap. Well perhaps I’ll rephrase that cause I have never sampled crap. They taste bad. Now, in the fifties, and sixties I remembered Pepsi, and Coca-Cola tasted much better…less sweet and lots of fizz. Do You know how many grams of sugar were in the beverages then, VS now? That would be interesting. Of course sugar is not good in too much consumption, But, now kids are for the most part, inactive, sedentary, and you bet they are going to become fat, and prone to health problems. We were active, playing, running, working, chasing. What’s the answer? Tell them…

  11. I used diet root beer to quit drinking alcohol and it worked. I also lost a lot of weight, 25% reduction in 8 months. Reduced BP and cholesterol to normal, no more pills! I, however drink 4-5 cans of diet root beer a day. Beside needing to pee a lot, I am in great shape.

  12. I have been drinking diet coke for years off and on, more on that off. I don’t drink tea,coffee or smoke and I drink alcohol very seldom. What I do find is that it goes way better with food that is bad for you than veggies and fruit. That is where I find for me it certainly isn’t a diet aid. Coke is probably in cahoots with the chip companies.If I could drink it without eating I’d be much better off. I do enjoy it though. thanks for the info

  13. I only drink diet coke because I love the taste.. I am on a diet at the moment, I just ate a small bowl of cereal (with very little sugar content and low in calories) and an egg separately. Diet coke doesn’t always have to be consumed with junk food, just enjoy the taste and control your eating habits people!!! Don’t blame it on the diet coke!!

  14. I used to drink a ton of coffee to stay awake for work and school. But after awhile it had a gnarly effect on my stomach. I’ve gone 80/20 in terms on diet soda and coffee and so far no stomach problems. I can get homework done and have yet to be fired

  15. I swapped beer for diet cola, I was consuming too much beer every night and gaining weight rapidly. Since I quit beer I am now loosing weight. Don’t really enjoy coke but I missed the fizz in the beer! surly the diet coke is better than the beer?

  16. ‘ I say we just accept the fact that with everything that “supposedly” causes cancer, we should just all expect to get cancer eventually’. I LOL’d

  17. Diet soda is better for you. It has never killed anyone. Sugar kills more people than tobacco, and it’s bad press for the sugar industry, which is losing business. I wonder who is sponsoring the artificial sweetener “research”?

  18. By the way, I drink diet drinks all the time, and have never experienced this so-called craving for sugar. My daily sugar intake is low, and since cutting out added sugar, my triglycerides have dropped, and my doctor said – I don’t know what you’re doing, but keep doing it.

  19. I don’t reckon, there is anything wrong with Diet Coke. Personally, I have drank the equivalent of between 4-6 cans a day for years, and I am capable to compete in marathons, half marathons and I am currently competing as a powerlifter with a heart rate of 48. And a 13 percent body fat. In my opinion, it is entirely made up scaremongering. ????

  20. Interesting article, be good to see where the references came from and see the results for myself. Anyhow, I tend to have a can or a 500ml bottle of pepsi max/coke zero whenever I am craving something sweet. Especially after I’ve had a period of not caring what I eat and I try to get back on track with my health push and it seems to help me cut my sugar cravings by providing me with a little hit of caffeine. I know water is far better for you (and I still have 3-4l a day) but 2/3 sugar free sodas a week stops me from having 20 donuts on a saturday night 🙂

  21. Great article – dispels a lot of alarmist tactics regarding diet coke.

    Overriding point is stop needing sweet stuff… refined sugar has only been in our diets for the last 200 years so our body is not adapted to dealing with it. If you want to keep the weight off, keep your fingers off the white stuff.

  22. This commentary was much more accurate than other sites. What I have found is that if you intersperse diet coke with water it will reduce your appetite. I only drink caffeine free but not sure the caffeine is really terrible for your. So mostly now I drink water & then treat myself with some caffeine free diet coke. I think that Diet Coke may stimulate your appetite. Water seems to have the opposite effect.

  23. I’m a 72 year old female and never had a weight problem. Never smoked (anything) or had a cup of coffee. When growing up, we never ate sandwiches but ate a vegetable plate for lunch and dinner, did not eat any packaged cookies, dinners or boxed cereals. I seldom have bread unless in Ireland and Germany and eat no sugar…but will have a slice of your birthday cake.
    I love Diet Coke and have a can several days in a week. I think I had a headache once as a child as that’s what my Mother said it probably was. So, the day I see a really well done study prove it will hurt me, I might consider quitting and I did say might.
    I’ve read a lot of studies and have never seen a thorough and not ridiculous one. I’ve come to the conclusion the government hands out grants for studies to idiots.

  24. I’ve been working on not drinking diet soda for about 3 weeks. I was drinking at least one a day, now I’m down to about 1-2 per week, and not missing it too much.

    What do you think about the liquid additives to water like Mio Energy (with caffeine) or Crystal Lite Pure, that don’t use aspartame? I’m finding them to be pretty good, and the Mio seems to give me the same caffeine fix as soda.

  25. I’m so glad that I was born in a post-Soviet country in which soda’s popularity was very scarce as I was growing up and then I started reading Nerd-Fitness, so I never have had problems with it. I feel sorry for the state your country noutrition industry is in. Good luck fellow Nerd-Brothers!

  26. Thank you for the info. I drink about 2 liters of diet soda per day. With caffeine before dinner and caffeine free after dinner. I just enjoy soda and drink diet for the lack of calories. I still watch what I eat and try not to eat more because I am saving on calories but also feel I can have an extra snack once in a while but probably would have it either way. I appreciate the balanced story.

  27. I am not an overweight person but prefer diet soda over regular, drinking 1 to 2 cans per day. I’m sure it’s not the perfect beverage, but alot of sugar is proven to be bad, so until there is proof that it’s bad I will continue enjoying it. Everything in moderation.

  28. Everything as sweeter these days so we need to scrutinise them Products as well..
    Diet Coke does have a lot of salt and caffeine so in some ways a Diet Coke is like a Cold black carbonated coffee with salt and sweeter..
    So if your going to drink a lot of Diet Coke make sure you dont have a lot of salt or caffeine in other products..

  29. this is actually a great article. all the others i read really seem they were paid for. this just seems honest.

  30. The only reason i drink diet soda is because I’m a diabetic. I have been a type 1 diabetic my whole life. Drinking Diet pop safes insulin…. LOTS of insulin. Insulin is really expensive… thank god for insurance. I hate people who make fun of me for drinking Diet soda. If you were in my shoes, you would understand. I’ve been drinking Diet pop for so long that regular pop taste really bad to me.

  31. That pre-diabetes shit has been debunked. Aspartame is safe, diet sodas are safe, if you like them, drink them. If you don’t, just avoid them. But stop spreading lies about it.

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  35. Correct. This article is a mewling mess and about 48% pseudo-Science. They should’ve stopped with “there’s no Scientific correlation, period”. Psychological addictions or Sodium making you thirsty belong in behavioral studies not withstanding, those other assertions are the scientific equivalant of “The Twilight Zone”. Where “anything can happen, for any reason or no reason, at any time or all the time”. Like that Serling guy said: “You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension: a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into: “The fake Science and Confirmation bias” Zone. It’s sad that the Internet has brought us to this low place.

  36. For the same reasons you site, I get tired of all the fake-science reports that things (like aspartame and GMOs) are bad for us. Industries have been destroyed by false, or at least questionable, information being passed off as fact. It seems to me (an overweight food addict) that moderation is likely a key to avoiding unhealthy habits. Unfortunately, those more able to moderate don’t have the problems of addictions, and will likely not be on this site.

  37. The reason for non weight loss drinking sodas or other liquid drinks may be that the liquids actually dilute the acid content in the digestion of the foods intake thus takes a lot longer to digest
    I drink 20-30’mins before I eat and 20-30 mins after I eat
    Thus allows my system to digest what I eat hope this may be useful by the way I am O neg blood group might be a good idea to read the Book Eat For your blood type by peter dadamo

  38. I feel no real guilt consuming small amounts of diet coke on occasion but I’m getting sick of people telling me I should stop drinking it.

  39. Why do they have to start with a 2 liter bottle a day? Lmao

    Overall, I like some of this article, but not everyone who drinks diet sodas aren’t THAT intense. Do you really think one 12 ounce can is equivalent to one 2 liter bottle? Even if you drop diet soda completely, this article even states itself that diet (food choices) is overall more important than how much zero calorie beverages you consume.

  40. I feel like people just like to hide behind the term “diet” and leave it at that. When I used to work in the fast food industry so many people would order things they knew were unhealthy but then make themselves feel better by saying “I’d better have a Diet Coke with that”. I guess diet pops could be included in a healthy diet (personally I can never stop at one so I don’t drink it at all) but it’s a slippery slope and you’d have to be pretty careful with the amounts you consume.

  41. okay I was always confused with the whole diet soda topic, which Is why I just stuck to the normal soda so now I may try the diet soda and not think that im going to gain like a million calories, a big thank you from me to you, also I heard from others that diet soda tasted worse than the original but I guess I have to try it for myself

  42. I was informed – without pause – that my heavy consumption of Diet Coke was the main reason I had a grade 5 brain aneurysm in 2015. In moderation, your body knows what to do with sugar. Chemicals? Not so much.

  43. I’ve been drinking diet soda for 18 years. It helped me lose 10lbs without even trying when I switched from regular. For many years I tried to cut back because people just said, “Pop is bad and diet is worse.” I could never pull the trigger to quit completely, always going back to diet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (McDonalds diet Coke anyone??) but about a month ago I just said enough is enough. At 44, even if research is inconclusive, why would I risk it when I have kids? I’m committed to one year of no pop and I’ll reevaluate in 2021. Here’s to being strong!

  44. Thank you for the info. I had a problem with arrhythmias last year but my cardiac work up came back normal. At the time, i was drinking a lot of iced tea with stevia.

  45. Not mentioned in the article are the much understudied effects of ‘natural’ but refined sweetners such as stevia and monkfruit. These are far from the magic bullet sought by the food industry of non-caloric sweetners without metabolic or other side effects.

    I was following a keto eating plan and started to incorporate stevia into my eating plan just as part of an occasional treat. I noted episodes of dizziness and lightheadedness after using the sweetener. I originally thought the episodes were from the eating plan, but all my labwork and vital signs were normal.

    At work (I’m a physician) I had some severe episodes of dizziness after having a homemade shake of whey protein, cocoa powder and Stevia.
    I had the RN’s set me up on a cardiac monitor and noted significant dangerous ventricular arrythmias associated with stevia use. After a cardiac workup with echocardiogram and stress testing, no structural issues were found, and all labwork was normal. Immediately when I stopped using stevia, all the symptoms went away. The cardiologist agrees that the Stevia use was the root cause. There are insufficient studies on this substance because it is ‘natural’ and not patentable. Some studies have shown reproductive issues with women.

    I have since seen a number of patients with similar cardiac phenomenon under similar circumstances. I have counseled them to stop using Stevia.

    Note that monkfruit is structurally similar to stevia.

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