A listener wrote, “One friend says diet sodas are safe, another says that’s not true. Help!”
Your question comes at a great time, as an editorial in a major medical journal links diet sodas to a long list of health problems, from obesity to diabetes and heart disease—just like regular sodas. Another report says these problems could occur by drinking even just one diet drink a day.
One theory is the artificial sweetener in diet sodas may dull your body’s response to real sugar. Plus, the safety of artificial sweeteners has been questioned.
I hate to pop your bubble when it comes to diet soda, but the safest, most highly healthy beverage you can drink is water—without the chemicals and artificial sweeteners.
Here are some of my other blogs on the topic:
- Plain water intake reduces risk for type 2 diabetes
- Diet soft drinks increase waist circumference
- Diet soda tied to heart attack, stroke risks
- Diet soda consumption linked to increased heart attacks and strokes
- Soda consumption may weaken bones
BTW, you can listen to the podcast of this news story here.
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