A couple months ago I decided to stop drinking soda beverages that contained sugar, because despite cycling often and living a somewhat physically active lifestyle, I wanted to avoid Diabetes and the other side affects of sugar that may negatively impact me. I still wanted to drink these beverages, so I have since opted to purchase the variety of these beverages that substitutes sugar with aspertame. More recently, I have read from many sources that Aspertame is significantly worse than sugar as it causes mainly cancer and weight gain, among other things.
I know Aspertame does not cause weight loss, at least not in any significant way, and that Diet soda, contradictory to its name, is not the key to having a successful diet. I do not drink diet soda to loose weight, as I do not have to worry about beng overweight in any way. I drink diet soda purely because I was under the impression that it was better than regular sugar soda, however now I am unsure of which is better now.
So, Are the claims that aspartame has severe negative effects true? should I go back to drinking non-diet soda?
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