Diet soda drinkers have the same health issues as those who drink regular soda, according to a new report and CNN.com. Purdue University researchers reviewed a dozen studies published in the past five years that found shocking results between consuming diet soda and health outcomes.
Susan Swithers, the report's author and a behavioral neuroscientist and professor of psychological sciences says "Honestly, I thought that diet soda would be marginally better compared to regular soda in terms of health, but in reality it has a counter-intuitive effect."
Artificial sweeteners in diet soda fulfill a person's craving for a sweet taste, without the calories, but that fake sugar teases your body by pretending to give it food and confuses your system.
"You've messed up the whole system, so when you consume real sugar, your body doesn't know if it should try to process it because it's been tricked by the fake sugar so many times," says Swithers.
More studies and research need to be done, but in the meantime, experts say: Limit consumption of diet sodas.