Diet Soda Drinkers Will Be Shocked!

diet soda vs water

Full disclosure:  I’m a Coke Zero guy.  I drink one every day with lunch and am thus biased to some extent.  I don’t get money from the industry – although I wouldn’t turn it down (in case the people at Coke are reading this).   Even with my biases I think my assessment of the science on the connections between diet soft drinks and weight gain were accurate.  It was clear that there was an association between drinking more and weighing more but it was far from clear the Diet Soda was causing weight gain. Overweight people drink more diet soft drinks for clear reasons.  They also wear more extra large clothing but that doesn’t mean Joe’s Big and Tall Clothiers causes obesity.

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Is Diet Soda Bad For You?

saccharin pellets

I have been asked questions about the safety of diet soda and artificial sweeteners on many occasions so I thought I’d do a little research to educate myself and others on the issue.  Before reading further you should read a prior post on my general approach to deciding whether something is ‘good for you’ or ‘bad for you’ (Click here).   What follows is a brief overview of what I learned about artificial sweeteners and how they may affect weight gain.

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