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Our Thirst for Soda Is Bad News for Pepsi, Coke, & Co.

Per capita consumption at 30-year low: report

(Newser) - Health experts are cheering a new Beverage Digest report. Soda companies not so much. The report finds per capita consumption of soda hit a 30-year low in 2015, per Fortune . Total volume fell for the 11th straight year with a 1.2% decline, reports Bloomberg . While all major soda companies... More »

Coke, Pepsi Fund Study Touting Diet Soda's Health Benefits

'Laughable, unscientific nonsense'

(Newser) - You'll never believe who paid for a study that found drinking diet soda could be better than water for losing weight. Well, OK, you'll probably guess. The Independent reports the study—published in the International Journal of Obesity in November—was partly funded by ILSI Europe, an "... More »

There's a Way to Get Aspartame in Your Diet Pepsi

PepsiCo will keep old recipe for fans while selling sucralose version in stores

(Newser) - PepsiCo announced in April it was dumping aspartame from its Diet Pepsi recipe, replacing it with sucralose, but the company now says it will keep the artificial sweetener for customers who prefer its taste—they'll just have to buy the drink online, the Wall Street Journal reports. In an... More »

America Has a New No. 2 Soda, and It's Not Diet

Pepsi overtakes Diet Coke as soda sales by volume continue to fall

(Newser) - One small slide for Diet Coke, one giant leap for Pepsi? While Coke has retained its crown, Pepsi has replaced Diet Coke as the second-most consumed soda in the US by volume. According to 2014 industry data via Beverage Digest, both actually saw volume fall, but Pepsi's 1.8%... More »

For Older People, Diet Soda Means More Belly Fat

Study: Waists of daily drinkers 65 and older expand 3 times more than non-drinkers

(Newser) - More bad news on the health effects of diet soda, specifically in regard to people 65 and older. Those who drink the stuff daily gain significantly more belly fat—a particularly dangerous kind of fat, say researchers in Eureka Alert . Specifically, study subjects who drank diet soda every day gained... More »

Artificial Sweeteners May Raise Your Blood Sugar

Study suggests that it's true for at least some people, thanks to gut bacteria

(Newser) - If you're drinking diet soda or consuming other products with artificial sweeteners to cut your risk of obesity and diabetes, a new study published in Nature has some bad news: You might be doing more harm than good. Researchers found that sweeteners such as saccharin, sucralose, and aspartame can... More »

2 Ways Diet Soda May Not Be Helping

People tend to eat more, and diet mixers may make you drunker: studies

(Newser) - It's not that researchers think switching from sugary sodas to diet versions is a bad thing, it's just that those who do make the switch should bear in mind a few things:
  • They may eat more: A Johns Hopkins study finds that heavy people who drink diet soda
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Soda Industry Saver: Asian Melon?

Monk fruit from China is a natural sweetener, but it's expensive

(Newser) - A green fruit from China is being hailed as a potential savior for the soda industry. Diet-soda sales in particular have been in sharp decline of late, the Wall Street Journal reports, thanks in part to the debate raging around artificial sweetener aspartame and to the bitter aftertaste of natural... More »

Diet Soda Bigger Diabetes Threat Than Sugary Stuff

Scientists find heightened risk among women

(Newser) - Sugar-packed soda has been linked to a boosted diabetes risk—but it turns out the diet version may pose an even bigger threat. Researchers tracked 66,000 French women over 14 years; the volunteers were middle-aged or older when the study began. People who drank 12 ounces of either kind... More »

Diet Soda Linked to Depression

But coffee linked to a decreased risk: study

(Newser) - Yet another reason diet soda may not be as good a choice as you assumed: A new study links it to an increased risk of depression, LiveScience reports. More than 263,900 US adults answered questions about their beverage consumption between 1995 and 1996, and about 10 years later,... More »

Diet Pepsi Changes Ingredients

It now features a mix of 2 artificial sweeteners

(Newser) - Diet Pepsi has quietly changed its sweetener. Previously, Diet Pepsi used only aspartame, which is sensitive to heat and breaks down more easily. But beginning this month, cans hitting shelves feature what PepsiCo says is a "very small amount" of a second artificial sweetener: acesulfame potassium. The ingredient will... More »

Coke, Pepsi Race to Invent Critic-Silencing Soda

Pushing for all-natural, no-cal version ... but they can't shake metallic taste

(Newser) - Coke and Pepsi are chasing the sweet spot: a soda with no calories, no artificial sweeteners, and no funny aftertaste. The world's top soft drink companies hope that's the elusive trifecta that will silence health concerns about soda and reverse the decline in consumption of carbonated drinks. But... More »

To Stay Slim, Try Nuts, Wine, Sleep

New studies address weight issues

(Newser) - A wealth of findings offer some new tips to keep off the pounds. Looks like tree nuts, red wine, and plenty of sleep can all help you stay fit.
  • Researchers found that nut eaters weighed less and had a lower waist circumference and BMI than those who don't eat
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New Low-Cal Dr Pepper 'Not for Women'

Soda launches extra-manly marketing campaign

(Newser) - Dr Pepper knows men can't stand high heels, hate romantic comedies, and would never be caught drinking diet soda. The soft drink firm aims to change that last trait: It is marketing its latest low-calorie soda, Dr Pepper Ten, as absolutely "not for women," the AP reports.... More »

Diet Soda Doesn't Boost Diabetes Risk After All

But regular soda sure does: Study

(Newser) - A new Harvard study debunks the idea that diet sodas and other artificially sweetened drinks carry an increased risk of diabetes. Researchers followed a big group of men for 20 years, and discovered that while those who drank regular soda and other sugary drinks were significantly more likely to develop... More »

Diet Soda's Dark Side: Heart Attacks, Strokes

But more research needed, some caution

(Newser) - The well-documented evils of soda have led many people to switch to diet—but even that could be bad for your health, a new study suggests. About 2,500 adults in the New York area were studied for almost 10 years, and those who drank diet soda every day had... More »

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