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Diet Soda: Same Risks As Regular Soda

Aaron Liu

Researchers at Purdue University took a look at a dozen studies that focused on the health affects of diet soda. What they found: diet soda does next to nothing with regards to helping people avoid the health risks found in regular soda. Instead, artificial sweeteners actually hamper the body's ability to process sugar and can encourage "sugar cravings and dependence." The American Beverage Association, in response, called Purdue's report "an opinion piece, not a scientific study."

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  • Hillary Newman

    I gave up soda years ago...now when I drink it, it tastes horrible and chemical-y. It's amazing how we train our mouths and brains to like certain flavors. I've read a bunch about how we train our bodies to crave high levels of sodium. But, back to soda. With obesity affecting more and more, how do we educate people on the health risks of over-consuming poor food choices like soda? Is it the government's role? Should schools and teachers be help accountable? Maybe parents? But what if parents aren't informed?

    • Brandie June

      I have heard this argument for years, and think it's great that there is more quantitative data on it. Articles like this dispel the idea that a diet soda simple 'doesn't count.' As far as the obesity issue, I believe it the best course is to improve the education, as opposed to focusing on the blame. I don't think teachers should be held accountable for what kids decide to eat at lunch, but that doesn't mean nutrition/health shouldn't be part of the curriculum. And in a broader sense, I think creative advertising that is memorable, fun and eye-catching, is generally the best way to reach people. Yes, parents need to be informed too.