August 15th, 2013
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A new Coke ad in USA Today highlights 40 years worth of studies showing that aspartame (the sweetener in many of Coke's lower-calorie drinks) is safe to consume. Dr. Sanjay Gupta responds.

Previously:
How I kicked my Diet Coke habit
What is high-fructose corn syrup?

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  1. William Tate

    A fascinating discussion is worth comment. I believe that you should publish more about this topic, it may not be a taboo subject but usually folks don't talk about such issues. To the next! Best wishes.

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    August 29, 2013 at 8:28 pm |
  3. Jason

    Never like Coke. its too sweet!

    August 19, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
  4. Michallangelo

    Easy way to solve this problem:

    Don't drink Diet Sode,regular Soda, Caffine-Free Soda,Reduced Sugar Soda,Vanilla Soda,Cherry Soda,or any other type of SODA.

    It's NASTy,UNHEALTHy,BAD FOR YOU

    AND MOST IMPORTANT,SODA DOES NOT QUENCH YOUR THIRST!

    August 15, 2013 at 8:38 pm |
    • PWA

      Thank you Captain Caplock...

      August 16, 2013 at 8:28 am |
  5. Edwin

    Don't care if it's good or bad, I don't like the aftertaste.

    I prefer imported sodas, made with real sugar!

    August 15, 2013 at 7:17 pm |
  6. Arthur in the Garden!

    Funny. Reminds me of all the ads in the 50s touting the health benefits of smoking!

    August 15, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
  7. H.R. Poopinpants

    I don't driink Coke; I just like the way it smells.

    August 15, 2013 at 3:28 pm |
  8. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Coca-Cola is terrible. Don't understand why people like it.

    August 15, 2013 at 9:44 am |
    • JosephS

      Then you are a fool. There are lots of things I don't like, but it's pretty easy to understand how other people might like them. Hint – different people, different tastes.

      August 15, 2013 at 12:28 pm |
      • Weeds

        Do you like fish sticks?

        August 15, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
        • AleeD®

          Heh, heh.

          August 15, 2013 at 2:28 pm |
  9. Thinking things through

    Tried it. Can't stand the aftertaste, so it was a no go for me even before the health concerns came out.

    August 15, 2013 at 6:56 am |
  10. Diet Coke beats Tab

    There's nothing wrong with drinking Diet Coke. Been doing it for years and I've had zero side effects. Just because some people do, doesn't mean it's bad for everyone. Speak for yourself and BTFO of my business..

    August 15, 2013 at 6:36 am |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Apparently, it effects your internet socialization skills.

      August 15, 2013 at 9:45 am |
      • Diet Coke beats Tab

        It's the coffee I tell ya!

        August 15, 2013 at 10:14 am |
  11. sam stone

    i agree. i used to be a diet pepsi freak....if i stopped, i got killer headaches for two days

    homey don't play that game no more

    August 15, 2013 at 4:50 am |
  12. terry

    You know you're in trouble when a "doctor" doesn't know for sure that soft drinks are bad. And neither is high fructose corn syrup because the corn industry says it's so. It's always "in moderation." Not only is this garbage, people become addicted to it. Try going a month without your Diet Coke and see how long before you crack. Your liver will thank you later though. Instead, drink naturally flavored sparkling water. Doublecheck your labels to make sure there is nothing "scientific" sounding added. Or, roll the dice with your health if you prefer.

    August 15, 2013 at 2:41 am |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Isn't sparkling water carbonated? Yep, all natural.

      August 15, 2013 at 9:46 am |
      • Little Timmy

        It is if you phart in it.

        August 15, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
        • Weeds

          methane is not carbon dioxide. It doesn't even smell the same.

          August 15, 2013 at 2:28 pm |
        • Little Timmy

          It makes bubbles! Same, same.

          August 15, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
    • Darren

      And that right there Terry is one of the problems with America. Don't drink it if something sounds "scientific"? Are you serious?

      August 15, 2013 at 1:31 pm |
      • Weeds

        Read all the articles about how Gatorade and sports drinks are bad for kids. It's a scientific study about a scientific drink.

        August 15, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
        • Phoenix Lee

          Okay, refer me to an article (preferably a scientific study so it'll be quite extensive) and make sure it's not a sourceless scare article or a scare article that uses other scare articles for sources. I want something with clear-cut results and proof. Something with a .org or .edu link to it. Something done by an actual scientific research team of some rapport. If you cannot produce that, begone.

          September 8, 2013 at 8:52 am |
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