Is it ok to drink Diet Soda ?
This is an extremely controversial subject until you go look at the actual evidence.
Lets set aside all the arguments you “could make” what might be true and focus on what we can prove.
Here is what is in your typical Diet Soda
Sweeteners: These include common artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame, saccharin, sucralose or an herbal sweetener like Stevia,
Acids: Certain acids, such as citric, malic and phosphoric acid, are used to add tartness to soda drinks.
Colors: The most commonly used colors are carotenoids, anthocyanins and caramels
Flavors: Many different kinds of natural juices or artificial flavors are used in diet soda, including fruits, berries, herbs and cola
Preservatives: These help diet sodas last longer on the supermarket shelf. A commonly used preservative is potassium benzoate
Vitamins and minerals: Some diet soft drinks add vitamins and minerals to market themselves as healthier no-calorie alternatives.
Caffeine: Just like regular soda, many diet sodas contain
caffeine. A can of Diet Coke contains 46 mg of caffeine, and Diet Pepsi contains 34 mg
Lets just start with the Artifical Sweeteners
The acceptable daily allowance for Sucralose is 5mg per kg of Bodyweight, that for me is 500mg a day
The acceptable daily allowance represents an amount 100 times less than the quantity of sucralose found to be safe in research studies
A packet of Splenda contains 12 milligrams of sucralose.
So I am allowed 41 packets of Spenda a day before I exceed the daily acceptable allowance
But here is the kicker
There are many different types of articifical sweetners and they all different chemical structures with different “ risks attached”
You cant lump them all together
So Sucrose has a different ADI than Aspartame
The FDA established an acceptable daily intake (ADI) for aspartame of 50 milligrams per kilogram of body weight (mg/kg) per day
Aspartame is one of the most exhaustively studied substances in the human food supply, with over 200 studies supporting its safety
Again the ADI represents an amount 100 times less than the quantity of sucralose found to be safe in research studies
So me that is 5,000mg a day
One can of Diet Coke contains about 180 mg of aspartame
That’s 27 cans of Diet Coke a day !
IMO I think its fair to say that for our tribe, drinking Diet Soda should be a long long way down your list of concerns
Guys are willing to take drugs never even tested on a Rat and are worried about something with 200 studies behind it all saying ” seems safe”