Why I'm Kicking My Diet Coke Can to the Curb

October 16, 2014 2:54 AM

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Why I'm Kicking My Diet Coke Can to the Curb

If the story of diet-soda consumption had a tagline, it might be "The best intentions can result in unintended consequences." Diet soda was created to fill a gap in the market for diabetics seeking sugar-free drinks, and it was also an opportunity to satisfy the soda cravings of people trying to lose weight.

The development of diet soda was marked by the search for a noncaloric artificial sweetener (NAS). Over the decades, NAS have been commonly introduced into foods ranging from cereal to dessert. NAS were popularized as a "healthier" alternative, and their consumption has skyrocketed over the past few...

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