A recent alarming headline linked diet soda to an increased risk for stroke. In this video, Dr. Oz reveals if this headline is based on fact or fiction.
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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
A recent alarming headline linked diet soda to an increased risk for stroke. In this video, Dr. Oz reveals if this headline is based on fact or fiction.Helpful? 3 people found this helpful.
Marjorie Nolan Cohn, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Diet soda can affect weight on both a physical level and on a psychological level. On a physical level, diet sodas are full of artificial flavors and sweeteners. Even though diet soda has no calories, the artificial flavor and sweetness trigger the digestive process via your taste buds. And your intestine starts to secrete digestive juice in preparation for digestion. Problem is there is nothing to digest. This in turn, leaves your cells hungry for the sweetness that they thought they were getting but never did, sugar cravings ensue. Many people ultimately eat more later in the day.
On a psychological level, when someone drinks diet soda knowing it has less calories it creates an attitude that they have extra calories to eat other foods. Often this leads to more eating. A good example of this phenomenon is when someone orders a diet coke with his or her double bacon cheeseburger and large fry. At that point the soda is minor compared to the burger and fries.
It's not unless you have been diagnosed with a condition that would disallow one of the ingredients in a particular sweetener, which would be extremely rare (e.g. Phenylketonuria).
Unfortunately the internet is abuzz with horror stories of artificial sweeteners, commonly found in diet soda, causing everything from cancer to obesity in humans. To date, the FDA has not been presented with scientific information that would support a change in conclusions about the safety of the five approved artificial sweeteners (saccharin, aspartame, sucralose, neotame, and acesulfame potassium). The safe conclusions are based on a detailed review of a large body of information, including hundreds of toxicological and clinical studies. So is diet soda better than regular soda pop? If you are trying to control your calorie intake, then definitely, yes, it is better.