Is DIET SODA Safe?

August 1, 2006

678543241.jpgJust like the former US President, Bill Clinton….I enjoy my Diet Soda during meals… but How Much of a Diet Coke is Safe?

I decided to write about this topic after 2 patients of mine this morning asked me the same question. It is circulated apparently that aspartame predominantly used in diet sodas has been shown to cause cancer. 

The American Diabetes Association continues to recommend aspartame as a safe substitute for sugar among diabetic patients.  With the increasing prevalence of Obesity, Diet Sodas using aspartame have zero calories and therefore do not cause weight gain.  According to the US National Cancer Institute no scientific study so far has proved that sweeteners can cause cancer among humans.  UK regulators after analysis of 500 papers came up with the same conclusion.

The Acceptable Daily Intake of aspartame which is the amount that can be taken daily throughout life without appreciable health risk has been assessed to be around 40mg/kg body weight which is equivalent to more than 14 diet sodas per day if the soda only used aspartame at maximum permitted dose.  But majority of diet sodas use a combination of sweeteners therefore the actual level of aspartame on each can is much lower.

My usual recommendation when asked about how much is enough with Diet Sodas?… is to allow my patients to enjoy at most 1 diet soda per day… to consume half of one can with their lunch and another half with their dinner…and to enjoy plain cold water or hot coffee with snacks.

Rest assured that with the endorsement of the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association supported by extensive database analysis of the safety of aspartame by the National Institute of Health ( The largest US government funding agency for research) and the US FDA, can we say….

Lets Enjoy Our Diet Soda Without Guilt!

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12 Responses to “Is DIET SODA Safe?”

  1. Genevieve Says:

    Thank you for this info. I have friends who are addicted to diet sodas, they just can’t live without them. And these news about aspartame in diet sodas causes cancer are starting to bother them. Good to know that it is actually safe.

    Love your articles! Short but informative.

  2. Reid Says:

    Hi,
    I’ve had several friends mention that they lost weight during their recovery period. What is the average amount of weight most women lose? I can
    understand a few pounds for not wanting to eat, but some friends mentioned more like 15lbs. Is this true?

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  5. Dustin Mullins Says:

    I have been told that diet coke is ver dangerous to my health. I also have been told that it could give me diabetes, leukimia, autism, and many more harmful things. Were could I get some good info. on the facts about diet coke?

  6. Doc Gerry Says:

    Hi Dustin… so far, there is no link but read my latest posy regarding the association od soda and metabolic syndrome. It is not the diet coke per se but the habit of overeating associated with the intake of soda. It is not a cuase and effect but rather an assoication. But I do drink my diet coke daily but I keep a close eye on e=what I eat! That’s the bottom line…discipline. With reagrd to leukemia? NO…with autism? I think the truth of the matter is… nobody knows yet what causes autism….

  7. dave Says:

    Click on my name for more info on the safety of diet soda.

  8. Dr. Ann Says:

    There is a relationship between Autism and Aspartame. The Senate is determining what correlates with Autism. For the Senate Hearing on Autism going on this month, it may be beneficial to know that along with Mercury and other contaminations in the environment, Aspartame (NutraSweet and Equal) has also been linked to Autism.

    If you email me back and ask for the information I have, I can show you a chart that significantly matches Autism rates with Aspartame use rate. Europe has banned the use of Aspartame for pregnant and nursing women as well as children. The countries where Aspartame has been banned or never accepted, their Autism rate is only a small fraction of the U.S. rate. Since Aspartame has been approved in 1981, and placed in soft drinks in 1986, the Autism rate has skyrocketed. The Aspartame notes page explains just a few studies on how Aspartame has been linked with brain disorders.

    Some Main Points:

    Dr. Olney warned of the damage that this product would do to the unborn and to children. He said that the FDA acknowledged “aspartame had been shown to induce brain damage in neonatal animals” but FDA dismissed the neurotoxicity as irrelevant on grounds that the approved uses of aspartame don’t include feeding it to newborn humans. Yet aspartame can be found in prescription and over-the-counter pediatric drugs and in pediatric vitamins. Nursing babies receive this poison from mothers who breastfeed. The recent plague of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), autism, and birth defects manifest the neurologic devastations of aspartame. Supporting this view, Dr. Louis Elsas, Emory Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics, testified in a congressional hearing that aspartame is a teratogen (causes birth defects) and a neurotoxin.

    Aspartame is a teratogen that triggers birth defects. It is a deadly neurotoxin (Dr. Louis Elsas testimony before congress, pediatric professor,genetics, Emory, http://www.dorway.com). Neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock, M.D. says in his book that aspartame triggers ADD and autism.


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