The only safe diet soda is the one you don't drink
There are a great many things that divide us as a country.
There's North versus South... Democrats versus Republicans... and Yankees versus Red Sox.
And it's not just the high sugar content of both brands -- because even diet sodas made with artificial sweeteners carry their own risks.
Most of them are sweetened with aspartame -- and since the chemical has been shown to cause cancer in lab rats, many people are finally taking advice from doctors like me and ditching both real sugar AND fake sugar.
Although, if you ask me, we still have a long way to go in convincing people to lay off the diet sodas. And now the latest headlines show just how hopelessly devoted some folks are to these carbonated cans of cancer juice.
A couple of months ago, Pepsi tried to counter their declining sales of Diet Pepsi by replacing aspartame with sucralose. But after just a short trial period -- and a huge backlash from their chemical-guzzling core fanbase -- PepsiCo has flip-flopped and added aspartame back in.
Personally, I think that soda belongs in the trash can instead of your fridge, but I will admit that Pepsi removed aspartame in late 2015 for all the right reasons. The artificial sweetener is particularly bad for unborn babies -- and for all of us, it tricks the body into creating an insulin response that can lead to weight gain.
It's even been linked to insulin resistance and diabetes.
But while sucralose is touted as being "made from sugar," switching to it is actually just trading one cancer-causing chemical for another.
In fact, just earlier this year, sucralose was linked to leukemia and other cancers.
The bottom line is that you should avoid soda, or any sweetened drink, altogether.
If you're looking for a jolt of caffeine, coffee is a healthier alternative (as long as you're not adding sugary syrups and whipped cream to it). It has a proven record of health benefits from reducing colon cancer risk to protecting you from diabetes and even help you live longer.
Or a cup of tea can give you that needed energy boost -- whether it's one of the caffeinated or herbal varieties. Peppermint tea can particularly perk you up and keep your mind sharp, well into your senior years.
And if you're just thirsty, there's nothing better or more refreshing than a tall glass of cool water.
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