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Dietitian: Diet soda may not be all that bad

Dietitian: Diet soda may not be all that bad

By Alex Larrabee and Randall Jeppesen | Posted - Oct. 19, 2012 at 3:11 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY — There is a growing list of studies claiming diet sodas to be bad for our health. When it comes down to overall effects, though, some dietitians will give a pass on one diet soda a day - just make sure it's not all you drink.

Many of us feel unable to get through the course of the day without our caffeine fix. While these high-calorie, high-caffeine sugar bombs are clearly not the best thing we can put in our bodies, their diet counterparts aren't doing much better for us, according to most studies.

Links have been established between diet beverages and many health problems, including kidney problems, cell damage, metabolism issues, rotting teeth, and even obesity. Yes, according to research, diet sodas disrupt the body's ability to regulate calorie intake, meaning that the zero calories you consume in the drink may turn into a much larger caloric consequence later in the day.

Supposed health issues caused by diet soda
  • Kidney problems
  • Metabolic issues
  • Obesity
  • Cell damage
  • Rotting teeth

Registered dietitian Jacob Schmidt, however, claims that most of these studies are small and inconclusive. Moderation is key, says Schmidt, but if you have to have a soda, the diet variety is the better option. He does caution, though, that consumers should also be drinking water and other low calorie drinks throughout the day.

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