Why You Should STOP Drinking Diet Soda Right Now!

According to World Atlas, people from the
United States are surprisingly not the world’s biggest soda drinkers, folks down in Argentina
are. Those statistics tell us Americans consume
on average an incredible 155 liters of these drinks per year. In Argentina it was 156 liters on average. In third was Chile (141 liters), Mexico (137
liters) and Uruguay (113 liters). World Atlas explained that by soft drink it
meant “flavored, carbonated, non-alcoholic beverage.” You can look at other statistics and find
the Brits downing on average 206 liters a year, but you have to look at the fine print
because sometimes soft drink can mean any sweetened drink, including juices and sports
drinks. What we do know is this, soft drinks, sodas,
are very popular. We’ll discuss today if that is such a good
thing. For years now people have been warned about
drinking too many sweetened drinks. We have been told that such drinks have been
significantly consequential in what has been called an obesity crisis, from the USA, to
over the pond in the UK, to many countries around the globe. If you’re fortunate enough to have visited
many countries around the world, you’ll know you can’t go far without seeing Coke,
or Fanta, or Pepsi or Sprite, not just the drinks but the ubiquitous advertising. Coke in fact is one of those universal words
we all understand, like “OK”, “Taxi”, “Pizza” or probably right now a bunch
of words related to tech. In 2018 in fact, Coca-Cola according to Forbes
was the sixth most valuable brand in the world. This is partly down to the advertising, not
just the fact it tastes, er…ok. You will see these often sensual video ads
wherever you travel, usually consisting of fit, good-looking people drinking a Coke and
announcing that Coke is it, it’s the real thing, and then a few svelte women and handsome
men will look extremely happy and show you they are living life to the full. That’s quite a statement for a soft drink,
and perhaps if Coke was to embrace realism the scene might be closer to some hyperactive
child making his parents crazy or some 300-pound, unemployed Dorito-lover sitting on the couch
watching re-runs of America’s Funniest Home Videos in the afternoon. We don’t mean to sound too cynical, but
we doubt the ecstasy people feel in the ads after drinking a Coke is very close to how
things usually look. But Coke, and other soft drinks, have of late
lost some of their mirth, because a lot of people have started getting serious about
this obesity crisis and sugary, carbonated drinks reportedly have a good stake in the
crisis. Back in 1982, Coca-Cola created the diet Coke,
and this throughout the years has won over a lot of people. Pepsi had already brought out its diet drink,
and later both companies started creating all kinds of supposedly healthier drinks. You might think Coke Zero (2006) and Diet
Coke are similar, but we are told the former is supposed to taste like normal Coke and
the latter have a taste of its own. The difference is chemicals, but we’ll get
around to that soon. We can tell you that Coca-Cola, followed by
Pepsi followed by Red Bull, are the world’s biggest companies in terms of soft drink sales. Other soft drinks such as Fanta and Sprite,
also big sellers around the globe, are owned by the Coca-Cola company. But those drinks don’t sell anywhere near
as well as the flagship drinks. We’re told though by Coke on its own website,
that less sugar is popular. Here’s what the company said, “Our original
and iconic cola is still our top-seller. However, 43% of the cola we now sell is made
up of Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, Diet Coke or Coca-Cola Life, which have less or no sugar.” Ok, so we have explained to you in a somewhat
long-winded way that people still drink Coke and other big brand soft drinks on average
with as much enthusiasm as a thirsty elephant at a watering hole. But people want a different kind of drink
because sugar has been demonized somewhat, from newspaper, to popular Podcasts that feature
people telling us how we can live long and prosper, to depressing documentaries on TV
that show us 14-year olds in Arkansas that require a crane to lift them out of bed. Multi-billion dollar companies know their
audience and at some point they accepted that no amount of implausible advertising can break
the spell of a burgeoning movement, when the zeitgeist just says NO to something! They had to adapt, change up their game, or
get left behind in a sugar blizzard which people are trying hard to avoid. So then one day you’re sat in your usual
local eatery that now offers almost zero-calorie, fake-fish, organic rocket vegan-Ciabatta sandwiches,
happily swilling down your can of sugar-less or near-sugar-less soft drink. Could you get any healthier?! You feel like King Arthur chugging from the
Holy Grail, or a Greek mythological character that has slayed some dangerous beast. You are pure, you are right, and you will
you certainly let all your friends, and possibly strangers, know how right you are on Facebook. But then you are hit with something that feels
like a lightning bolt, your face turns bright red, because someone has just told you that
diet sodas are bad for you. What an inconvenient affront this is. It’s taken you 19 years to get off sugar
and some dude gets in your face and almost makes you choke on your designer sandwich. And he says he is right, he knows this because
he read it somewhere on the Internet. Ok, you get the picture. This is a contentious issue. Only recently we watched an interview with
David Sinclair, a Harvard professor who is one of the world’s leading scientists trying
to extend the life of human beings. He drinks diet Coke, and when he told Joe
Rogan that, Rogan almost had an aneurism. We’ll talk about what happened next soon,
but first let’s see what others say. First of all, there are all manner of poorly
researched health sites and dismally informed health gurus out there. Sometimes the information is barely researched
at all, and some copywriter has just copied another website, mixed the words in a salad
spinner and rearranged them. Be careful what you believe kids! We looked at a BBC article on this topic. Ok, so Britain’s “beeb” has been accused
of a lack of impartiality at times, but it still has good investigative journalists and
can call on experts when need be. It says a regular soft drink, often with around
200 calories in it, is certainly not the best way to drink your life away. We might also remember that some folks drink
a lot of cans or carry away a soft drink from the convenience store that is so big they
almost call on a friend for help. The BBC cites a study by the Imperial College
London and two Brazilian universities and the conclusion of this study was…you’re
not going to like this…that diet soft drinks are no better for you than the full sugar
ones. This is what the study said about artificially-sweetened
beverages, aka, ASBs, “There is no solid evidence to support the claims that they are
any better for health or prevent obesity and obesity related diseases such as type 2 diabetes.” And that was the problem right, the obesity
and the life-long ball and chain of diabetes? That study told us that in the UK these drinks
make up a third of a teenager’s sugar intake and in the U.S. it is half. This study tells us that these kids will compensate
with other sweet foods if they don’t get their sugar-hit from the can; the scientists
said those kids will get their fix somehow. “Although there was no direct evidence for
a role of ASBs in weight gain, they found that there was no evidence that ASBs aid weight
loss or prevent weight gain compared with the full sugar versions,” said Imperial
College London. Let’s move on. Over in the U.S. the American Journal of Public
Health tells us that many obese people drink these diet sodas, so we might ask again if
these people just tend to eat a lot of sugary stuff or just too much in general and then
think they are taking care of their future with a can of sugarless? It gets worse, The Obesity Society in its
Obesity journal said researchers followed 3,700 American adults for eight whole years. Some had to drink three cans of diet soda
a day and others no soda. What did they find? Well, they said those that drank diet drinks
put on the most weight and were twice as likely to be obese than the non-soda-drinking puritans. “Are artificial sweeteners fueling, rather
than fighting, the very epidemic they were designed to block?” asked the journal. Ok, so it doesn’t mean that if you drink
a diet drink that you will not be fat, but it might not mean that if you drink them you
will definitely put on weight. A lot depends on your lifestyle and what kind
of body you have. We might add that causation is a tricky business,
and just because something is associated with obesity it doesn’t mean it caused it. But, as far as we can see, there is some correlation
to obesity with drinking tons of sugary drinks. So, why is taking the sugar out not working
as it should? Or why even is there a possibility these angelic
soups of non-sugar chemicals are making some people put on weight? “It seems to contradict the laws of physics,”
writes Inc.com. In that article it says it could be the fact
that when you taste something sweet your body produces insulin. This could be why, according to that article,
“Insulin is what tells our cells to either use sugar as food or store it as fat–without
it, our bodies can’t process the sugar that lands in our bloodstreams. When your pancreas produces insulin to deal
with anticipated sugar, but then no sugar arrives, it confuses your body and disrupts
its metabolic process.” This story said as we have already said, that
these drinks also get your sweet addiction going and they might also make some people
think one diet Coke must mean they are good to go with that family-size bag of cheesy-chips
just before bedtime. Of course those poor rats had to get in on
the action and in laboratory (funny how “rat” comes in the middle of that word) test rats
were studied after being given diet drinks. The result, we are told, was that their bodies
acted as if they were about to receive a sugar hit. That sugar hit never comes and this messes
with the rat’s head, literally it does some strange stuff in the brain. A researcher told the BBC, “When the animals
get real sugar they’re not as good at processing it, their hormonal responses get blunted,
their blood sugar levels go up and it leads to weight gain.” That explains a lot about the eight year 3-can-a-day
overweight folks in the U.S. Now we come to one of the main sweeteners,
something that could easily pass for ice (the illegal kind) and in some circles is demonized
with a similar force. It’s called Aspartame. Is this stuff really a silent killer as all
those wholesome websites will tell you? Is imbibing this crystalized devil’s breath
tantamount to slow suicide? Will enough give you cancer; will it make
your babies pop out after only 8 months in the womb, will it make you cough, splutter,
your eyes water, etc, etc? Now back to Joe Rogan and his interview with
the life longevity bloke from Australia. Rogan said that in labs when those poor rats
were given a lot of aspartame they got cancer and died. No sooner were these dead rats in the trashcan
than people all over the USA and beyond were vilifying drinks’ makers as veritable serial
killers. But as Rogan said, these rats were given a
heroic dose of aspartame, a dose no human could ever take even if he mainlined Diet
drinks from a drip all day. We looked at the NHS website in the UK, because
we will go out on a limb and say that organization likely did its research. The NHS said a lot of aspartame fear-mongering
studies had “little scientific basis”, but added that indeed it is way sweeter than
sugar. So, if like those rats, you brain gets all
messed up with this stuff, you might just put on some weight. The US National Cancer Institute as well as
the European Food Safety Authority have undertaken huge studies including thousands of people
and the conclusion was this sweet white powder doesn’t cause cancer or harm pregnant women. “Aspartame is quickly and completely broken
down into by-products – including phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol – which then
enter our system through normal routes. Hardly any aspartame enters the bloodstream,”
we are told. Another trustworthy resource, the U.S. National
Library of Medicine asked, “Was the world screaming for all this sweetness, and what
has it done to us?” It also said this, “Evidence does not support
links between aspartame and cancer, hair loss, depression, dementia, behavioral disturbances,
or any of the other conditions appearing in websites.” It adds that trials don’t prove in any way
that the much-maligned sweetener is bad for your health, but says that there is no evidence
that switching to diet drinks will mean weight loss or no weight gain. Why do people hate aspartame so much? This is what the paper says, “People resent
interference with foods, and synthetic food components are regarded with suspicion.” And maybe they should be, and we should always
be careful what we put in our mouths. But the fact is, or at least the fact according
to scientific research and not some conspiracy theorist trying to drum-up likes on social
media, is that this sweetener won’t do the damage many people once said it would. But it likely won’t make you lose weight
and it is possible that it will make you put on weight. You might not get a sugar rush, but you’ll
get a synthetic high. Maybe you should just lay-off hitting the
cans of sugary drinks and drink more water. Water is the only virgin in town, she’s
the angel that our body craves, the purest juice that there is, a toxin-flusher, thirst-quencher,
a soulmate and a life-long friend. Stay healthy, get buzzed on aqua. That’s our slogan for all you liquid-lovers. Do you drink diet soda? Let us know if the comments, also check out
our other video called What if you only drank soda and nothing else! Click it! I’ll wait!


  1. What's the alternative if you're trying to stay off sodas?

  2. 9:08

    PETA has left the chat

  3. …, according to that article? That articles has no scientific basis whatsoever!

  4. Ketchup is a sugar-filled liquid that is commercially sold in most grocery stores that is consumed for flavor. I'd say it's a soda. If carbonation is necessary, ketchup is more like a sports drink.

    Why are you booing me? I'm right!

  5. I am drinking Coca Cola right now, Coke Plus.

  6. I'm confused! So is there an alternative to plane water? cause for me it taste's kinda boring(specially with a meal)! and is insulin triggered every time when we taste something sweet?…even with fructose? Does anybody know? thx

  7. Why americans calls coca-cola coke?

  8. Coke zero and diet coke are the same, they just have different branding (to avoid confusion). And Diet and non-Diet drinks are not better or worse, it's just personal preference (sugar or artificial sweeteners?)

  9. I quit drinking soda several years ago and switched to drinking tea, i definitely feel better since making the switch

  10. I drinking pepsi while watching this.

  11. and if diet drinks needed insulin diabetics couldent drink them

  12. People who drink soda are as dumb as people who smoke cigarettes

  13. Mineralwasser!

  14. I don't drink any soda pop but I have to say the diet is still safer than the sugar packed stuff.. My grandpa and other old people I know have drank diet soda pop their whole lives with no problems. However My Uncle (His brother) and my cousin drank regular soda pop their whole lives and they're both now dead from diabetes.. So I think all soda pop is just liquid candy garbage but diet is still safer

  15. I’m a Pepsi fan cause it’s has less sugar

  16. Clear coke

  17. blah blah…i gave up listening to your, as you put it 'long winded' ramble…

  18. Is 1 every 2 weeks fine cause thats what i do

  19. This video is like an anime cash-grab. Too much filler!

  20. Sooooo.. how much adderal were you on while making this video?

  21. If you have the time, could you make a video about "What is diabetes, and how it affects your body"? Would be very informative! 🙂 Also wanted to thank the show for making these videos!<3

  22. This video is terrible. Why would you link weight gain and weight loss to just one type of food or drink consumed. Weight gain or loss is a result of all the food habits combined…

  23. Why do people keep on saying the diet sodas taste almost the same?
    They don't.

    Most "sweeteners" are far too bitter in taste and makes all those "diet" products taste a whole lot more bitter.
    As if that's not enough they also have that nasty bitter after-taste that clings on the tongue for hours on hours.

    I just avoid all diets due to their bitter taste and nasty after-taste. Yäck!

  24. I just finished drinking sprite like 4 mins ago-

  25. I have a solution to tooth decay heheheh drink it from a straw so it doesn't touch your teeth BAM logic right?

  26. coke life??

  27. Pass the regular Pepsi please..yes in a gallon jug.. thank you

  28. Why did you make Joe Rogan look like a concentration camp victim?

  29. Basically, diet soda is no better or worse than regular soda…drink water.

  30. Sodi pop

  31. Get to the point

  32. In coca cola zero they use natural sweeteners with zero calories and very little is needed to make sweet 1.5 l of Coca (it is the same sweetener they use in toothpastes).


  34. And with all that water you get chemicals plastic who knows what else

  35. i could quit soda BUT i can't just drink water either …i at least need sparkling water.

  36. We gotta show this to matpat

  37. What's wrong with being 300+ pounds???

  38. Why did you make Joe Rogan skinny but David Sinclair buff that's the complete opposite

  39. i watched this while i was drinking diet pepsi. I still don't regret anything.

  40. I kinda need to drink diet sodas because I am a diabetic so I can’t drink normal soda-_-

  41. what about hong kong? I live there please anybody I will give you 100$ if you tell me how to do it and the answer

  42. and is'nt google the best account?
    apple failed to overun Bill Gates by his google and windows computer not phones

  43. looks at inside edition saying that trump chugs 12 diet cokes a day

  44. I used to drink soda on a regular basis. Then I moved in with my fiancee who only drank water. I switched to drinking water just because it was cheap and always available. Mostly I have a water purifying pitcher that I just fill up every every so often. When I splurge I get juice or chocolate milk. I'm not opposed to drinking soda in restaurants if someone else gets soda. I don't feel physically any difference it's just cheaper and easier.

  45. I have been drinking energy drinks for 15 years or so but im not fat i struggle to put on weight but i hardly eat its not relay the sugar its the greed of people eating too much and not burning it off i weigh 65kg at a height of 5ft 6 im the perfect weight for my size i can eat what ever i want whenever i want without worry to me fat is lazy greedy and weak all it take is getting out away from the fridge not stuffing your pie hole every 2 mins eat 3 times a day no more dont pile it up like Christmas dinner plates that dip in and the size of the inner rim is the amount you should have its not hard

  46. Im the living proof diet soda is harmless, been drinking it for the past 20 years in industrial quantities, between 1 to 2 liters a day, religiously, diet coke, pepsi light, coke zero, pepsi max you name it…

  47. I don't drink just one coke
    I always mix all drinks at burger king😏

  48. So… in otherwords, diet soda is completely safe and incomparably safer than normal soda, which contains 150 calories per can.

  49. 4:21 same cartoon character they use for his girlfriend

  50. Artificial sweeteners also cause migraines by making your blood vessels swell and damage healthy gut bacteria.

  51. Just drink water and tea. Job done.

  52. If you think for a second that full sugared sodas are the same as Diet Sodas you're out of your mind. The amount of sugar in a regular soda is like 10 teaspoons of poisonous sugar.

  53. im going to drink water you have gotten me covinced

  54. Stick to plain/mineral water

  55. Save you’re self some time and don’t watch this video, there’s no point to it

  56. Testing youtube's worthiness.
    edit: this one not showing…

  57. Truly WATER is the most healthy drink for the body.

  58. Drink diet soda its better for you

    Infographics: are you sure about that

  59. Just reported this video for spam/misleading

  60. 155liters per person or total if total that isnt the much its a little

  61. no

  62. 155 liters?! I can barely finish a 24pk of Coke Zero in a year

  63. Lol, I'm drinking diet soda right now 😂

  64. Well Pepsi was the 6th powerful army in the world so I’m gonna continue to drink Pepsi

  65. Yellow Dorito bag? Must be a new flavor.

  66. Coke is inferior to pepsi and only stubborn people say otherwise even when tricked with a blind taste test.

  67. I was ready to chuck a dislike but nup I like this video, it's enjoyable and the animation is cute, well done man.

  68. There are hundreds of things that are worse than diet soda we all consume on a daily basis. It's also still better than normal soda that is all sugar. This video makes no sense.

  69. 1:55 , I feel called out by this

  70. Asked multiple doctors, I told them I can drink 6 zero cola cans in a day and I have been told thats fine but to drink an even amount of water xD

  71. Odd1sout viewers

  72. Lol I’m drinking diet soda while watching this

  73. WATER!?!?!?!? It sinks ships, rusts pipes and drowns men. You want me to drink THAT? Besides, little fishies make love in it. I'll stick to my bourbon, thank you.

  74. sparklig water/carbonated water

  75. You onow how it is here in the us. If it isn't deep fried, wrapped in bacon, or cloyingly sweet we don't want anything to do with it.

  76. You keep beating around the bush. Halfway through the video and you still haven't discussed the title. I end up tuning out and watching something else

  77. For me the taste of ZEROSPRITE is better than anythinggggg

  78. What is the background music called?

  79. Yep and I've lost 21kgs since I switched

  80. Diet is bad period and tastes awful. It will give you headaches, digestive upset, and make you gain weight. Just drink less pop. Don't try to quench your thirst with pop. Make sure to eat enough citrus and green leafy veggies

  81. Hiw about root beer

  82. Im watching this while drinking a 1.5 liters of coke and a huge bag of doritos beside me

  83. I don't drink diet coke im too scared to drink it

  84. Poeple drink diet coke because we fat poeple think it tastes better

  85. Diet coke tastes horrible, like it tastes like carbonated water, but like that's ONLY what it tastes like, it literally tastes like nothing and I just don't like it. However, if you like diet coke, that's fine with me, not gonna judge.

  86. 🤮🤢

  87. for the people that say this is telling people to stop diet and drink regular sodas:
    nutritionists tried telling everyone that when the news about diet soda came out, that it was NOT an excuse to start drinking regular sodas again.
    but did people listen? NO….

  88. Watches video about Diet Coke when knowing that is bad for you.

    Me: still drinking diet coke

    Who is still drinking Diet Coke and still gonna drink Diet Coke after watching the video??

  89. Tl;Dr: as long as you can control yourself and not pig out on sugar elsewhere diet sodas are fine. They just won't make you thin on their own.

    But we know this. This is about human psychology not biology. Anybody out there with the willpower to lose weight knows what it takes. It takes not stuffing yourself full 3-4 times a day. Eating small meals more often. Fasting sometimes. Never drinking calories.

  90. Diet Coke is actually joking they have tons of sugars

  91. if you replace your sugar intake from pop to something else, obviously there will be no/more weight gain. You need to make a conscious effort to reduce sugar, period. If someone replaced the 1 can of regular coke they drank everyday with 1 can of diet coke and NOTHING ELSE CHANGED, how would that person not lose one pound in a month?

  92. right, so its like that song i grew up with lol "dont you put it in your mouth"

  93. I just have zevia

  94. i got diabetis i can only drink Coke Zero wich isnt bad

  95. Why is this so condescending lol

  96. i dont like any sweet foods so you don't have to worry about me.

  97. They forgot something Mountain Dew

  98. "Why you should stop drinking diet soda right now!"
    Because it taste bad

  99. That's Dumb af. So they assume someone will get calories somewhere else. That's not factual evidence. Bottom line. A regular coke will give you more calories then a Diet Coke thus it's worse for you for gaining weight., you guys can do better

  100. That's one sponsorship gone.

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