When you go out to eat do you ask for a regular soda or a diet soda? A report from March 2018 shows that diet soda drinkers have the same health issues that regular soda drinkers have. Diet soda drinkers who have maintained a healthy weight have significant risk for diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Garnet Bruell is a Dietitian at Raleigh General Hospital. He said the best option is to change up what you drink normally.
“If you are an occasional drinker of diet soda you know there are always other beverages any kind of water or sparkling water or even you know have a glass of milk now and then its got good protein in it there is no protein in diet soda,” Bruell said.
A 2005 study from The University of Texas showed that the more diet soda a person drank, the more likely they were to gain weight. Bruell said that while drinking diet soda can help drop a persons blood pressure you can not just rely on that to stay healthy.
“I think sometimes you might maybe over consume other foods if you say oh I had this diet soda that doesn’t cost me any calories so maybe I’ll have you know another serving of French Fries or an extra slice of pie or something like that,” Bruell said.
Bruell said he wants the public to know if they struggle with weight or diabetes contact you doctor you can refer you to a dietitian in your area.