When you want a healthy drink to curb your sugar craving, your first instinct might be to reach for a diet soda. But the popular drink isn’t as great as it seems.
Many diet sodas are sweetened with aspartame, an artificial sweetener that is sweeter than sugar. New flavors of Diet Coke released in 2018 are sweetened with “Ace-K,” a controversial sweetener that tastes 200 times sweeter than regular refined sugar. Some studies have linked the sweeteners in diet soda to headaches, suggesting they might trigger the pain. And studies have also shown that people who consume foods with artificial sweeteners are more likely to shun healthier food options for other artificially flavored food and are twice as likely to be obese compared to people who didn’t drink diet soda.