And she learned to like diet soda, while on the diet. That stuff can't be healthy for you, though.
I get this from all sides though, but the argument doesn't seem to have a basis on evidence, unless you're watching a non-science documentary produced by the Organic Trade Association or the Sugar Association of America.
Lets break it down, the ingredients of diet coke are:
Carbonated Water, Caramel Color, Aspartame, Phosphoric Acid, Potassium Benzoate (to Protect Taste), Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Caffeine
is water injected with CO2.
is found in many safely used products. The FDA classifies and regulates caramel color in Title 21 CFR § 73.85 as a safe color additive exempt from certification. REF: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/cfrsearch.cfm?fr=73.85
has been deemed safe for human consumption by over 100 regulatory agencies in their respective countries, including the UK Food Standards Agency, the European Food Safety Authority and Health Canada. While anything can be over-injested (including water), FDA has set its ADI for aspartame at 50 mg/kg of body weight. This means, a 150 pound man would need to injest 3400 mg of pure aspertame in a single 24 hour period to exceed the safe daily limit; a can of diet coke contains 125 mg REF: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct...FMj60pjKQ&sig2=kWD6h5h84Gzmd5aLE2qL6g&cad=rja
is recognized as safe when used in accordance with good manufacturing practice, according to the FDA. Not only is some phosphorus necessary in your diet, a can of coke with phosphoric acid is well within safe limits. REF: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?fr=182.1073
, a nontoxic preservative, http://www.inchem.org/documents/sids/sids/benzoates.pdf
The specific blend of natural flavors
in all coke products are highly proprietary, but must all derive from the same FDA-approved list. Natural flavorsare the the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavor constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast. The FDA approved natural flavoring agents can be found blow and you'll recognize most of them as they can be found at your local natural food store. REF: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/cfrsearch.cfm?fr=101.22
The FDA approved list is at: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?fr=172.510
is naturally found in citrus fruits like grapefruit, etc. Not at all harmful at the levels found in diet coke: REF http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/ipcsneng/neng0855.html
We all know this one. If sensitive to caffeine, avoid it. Diet coke does seem to have quite low levels of caffeine (23-47 mg versus 330 in a typical starbucks coffee). REF https://cspinet.org/caffeine-chart