Fifty-nine percent of Americans report drinking diet soda on a regular basis, often to assist with weight loss goals and improve health.
Interestingly, a few recent studies actually associate diet soda intake with increased health risk.
Although this research does not prove that artificial sweeteners cause weight gain, health-conscious consumers would be wise to consider these data before popping open another can of Diet Soda.
If health is important to you, you will likely want to refrain from drinking non-diet soda on a regular basis due to its sugar content, the caffeine, and the potentially adverse effects on your bones. However, enjoying a regular soda on occasion will provide you with the enjoyment of a carbonated beverage without the artificial sweeteners.