Health Watch - Drinks: Diet Soda

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about how what you drink affects your health. People watching their weight may choose diet sodas as a way of cutting calories. But could drinking diet sodas be bad for your health?

Diet sodas have fewer calories and less sugar than regular sodas, but studies have shown that people who drink diet sodas have the same risk for heart disease as those who drink regular sodas. Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says that children who grow up drinking sweet drinks such as diet sodas develop a taste for sweet foods, which can lead to them becoming overweight. The sodas themselves may not have calories, but they can lead to a preference for other foods that are high in calories.

Even though diet sodas don’t contain sugar, the acid in them can wear away tooth enamel and lead to tooth decay. Kids and adults are better off drinking water or naturally sweetened fruit or vegetable juice.

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May 2010


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