A lot of individuals consume diet soda because they think it's a better choice than regular soda. Others like McDonald's Diet Coke because it "tastes better."
Tamar Haspel, a food journalist for the Washington Post, debunked the fallacies about diet soda and other food items that experts have long claimed to be harmful.
"There is no proof that diet drink is unhealthy for humans," Haspel wrote, linking to her 2019 post headlined "The case for diet soda: It gets a bad rap, but the research says otherwise."
Haspel cited observational research linking diet soda to cancer, obesity, and diabetes. Artificially sweetened drinks raise disease risk, according to studies.
"When you actually give patients artificial sweeteners, however, nothing happens. Unless you count a modest weight loss "Haspel wrote.
As Haspel explained, "cancer, obesity, & diabetes that correspond with diet soda are most likely not caused by the diet soda but by other eating and health habits for which diet drink is marker."
Haspel: "People have tried for decades to discover concerns with artificial sweeteners." "Keep using them in soda and homemade sweets. Okay."
Haspel admitted that the AHA advises to "stick to water" and "limit low-calorie sodas," but said "it's fine" to drink diet sodas and other artificially sweetened goods.