Thoughts on: 10 Reasons to Give Up Diet Soda – ABC News

When taken at face value, diet soda seems like a health-conscious choice. It saves you the 140-plus calories you\’d find in a sugary soft drink while still satisfying your urge for something sweet with artificial sweeteners like aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose. But there\’s more to this chemical cocktail than meets the eye.

via 10 Reasons to Give Up Diet Soda – ABC News.

Oh, please.  The front page of ABC News, in the middle of what could eventually become a constitutional crisis over government control of health care, a lingering crisis over what our government was running in Benghazi and why they were willing to our ambassador and his protective guard be killed without the slightest actual response, crisis upon crisis in DC and the front page we’re getting is:

Diet soda is bad, mmkay?

Full of quotes from, ahem, alternative health sources hoping to uncover vast sins of corporate greed in Big Food.

Look.

Diet soda is associated with poor health and obesity because a lot of  obese people drink it.  And there are a lot of obese people out there.

Diet soda has not been conclusively shown via exhaustive study to do anything to your blood sugar.  The most often quoted study had only 17 participants.  The other studies are rat studies, and we don’t use rat studies to make recommendations to people.

Should you drink it?  Let’s assume you’re not sensitive to the sweetener itself — if you were, you’d absolutely positively know in a life threatening way.    So, as an alternative to caloric beverages, diet soda is a better choice.  Sure we’d rather you drink water.  Out of your tap or inexpensive home filter, so you can drink plenty.  But if you want a soda and there’s diet, you are not going to be harmed by that.  If you find you want more sweet stuff because diet soda is sweet, are you placing the blame on the soda when you already want something sweet?  You be the judge there.

In other words — bogus article slipped in to fill space this particular network is not going to fill with true stories about real news.

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